One of the weird parts of being the main teaching pastor at a church is, you spend a lot of hours during the course of the week preparing to speak on Sunday. Reading, and writing…studying,…researching. Wondering, “Does this make any sense?” “Is this what people need to hear?” And then on Sunday, all of the efforts hopefully comes together over the course of 30 minutes or so.
Then when the place has cleared out, and I have a few quiet moments to just sit and relax, one of the thoughts that are sure to come to mind is…”what about next week’s message?”
Well, this week that thought that came to mind was…”I’m not teaching next week. Or next month. In fact, I have no idea when (if?) I’ll write another message, or have the opportunity to teach.” It’s a pretty strange feeling. I think our church plant will do well, and I’ll have opportunities to jump back in again…but I know that isn’t certain.
When we talked about transitions at the Vineyard back in January, we talked about this stage (the transition stage) of the process we said it felt kind of like walking on stairs without a railing. It’s one thing to talk about it in the abstract…it’s another to go through it.
So, that’s where I’m at today.