I’m Moving Out of the Way!

Any Girl Scouts in the house?

Make new friends but keep the old – one is silver and the other gold!

Our church leadership is changing. Our wonderful pastor, Ron Drake Sr, is retiring by the end of this year. He not only founded Community Church but he has pastored it for thirty years. He, and his lovely wife, Nancy, have been faithful beyond the call of duty! You couldn’t find better under-shepherds anywhere. The beauty of this couple is they have become cherished and treasured friends. We will not say good-bye to friendship but we will move out of the way, WITH THEM, for the new leadership.

Now, for some that might sound sad and hard, but for a change-lover (me) it brings great excitement!

I am excited for the generations behind me and our church fellowship is filled to the brim with:

Gen X’s (born 1965-1976)

Millenials (born 1977-1995)

iGens (aka Centennials) (born 1996 to present)

There are still several Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) and a few from the Silent Generation (born before 1945).

Pastor Ron has built a foundation for his congregants, not with brick and mortar, but with the inerrant Word of God. One, with ears to hear and a heart to receive, cannot help but grow up in their faith sitting under his tutelage. He is as solid as granite and unwavering in his faith. I consider myself well-schooled in the fifteen years we have attended Community Church.

But…it is time to move out of the way and let God do something new!

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43.19 (NLT)

What an awesome opportunity to be a part of the transition – getting God involved and seeing Him work. I’m excited for those behind me. Time to see new wings flapping and believers growing up to their next level! O! sure I am still going to be there and doing what I do now – I am a minister of Titus 2.4-5!

So that they [the older women] may encourage the young women to tenderly love their husbands and their children, to be sensible, pure, makers of a home [where God is honored], good-natured, being [in agreement] with their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

I cannot help but think of Elijah and Elisha – the giving of the mantle. Elijah went to his greater reward and Elisha went on to perform TWICE as many miracles as Elijah did! It is the progression of the Spirit-life. We serve. We move over.

It’s the God-life. Never a dull moment. Always at work.

Pastor Ron will hand his mantle over and he will be sure and confident in it – he will continue to be “all in” and on “a mission for God” but, I’m hoping he and hubs will finally keep the date they’ve been trying for fifteen years to go on and that is to go fly-fishing!

We’re getting out of the way.

We’re moving over.

But we’re not laying down!

Have you been through a changing of the guard at your church? How did you handle it?

About the author : Susan Shipe

Susan Shipe

I am an encourager with a heart for women. The Lord delivered a message of hope deep within my soul in 2002. Jesus, the Hope-giver met me in my hour of need and my heart overflowed with hope – the theme of my life since that time has been HOPE! I began blogging in 2008 and became serious in the fall of 2010 when I hired a site designer! Hope|Heart|Home are my three passions and one can find food for the soul, and the body, along with a lot of musing over at www.hopehearthome.com
I am the mother of three adult children, grandmother (a/k/a Mimzy) to 20-year old Hannah and 14-year old Simon, and I am the wife of one man and together we love on our beloved dog, Sam! My husband, Lowell, and I attend Community Church in Mountain City, Tennessee. I enjoy writing, reading, organic gardening, traveling, and spending time with our family.

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