In A Nutshell | May 19, 2023

Charting a Plan for Our Future

As most of you know by now, I will begin serving a second church in July. While I did not pursue this position, I am happy to serve God as called, but I want you to know that my commitment to Oak Chapel will never change. What may have to change somewhat is how I allocate my time. 

While I was appointed to Oak Chapel in 2019 as a “three-quarter time Pastor” (e.g. reduced salary and no insurance benefits), I was thrilled to accept the position, and I have tried to treat it as a nearly full-time appointment. Unfortunately, I will now have to cut back in a few areas to make the arrangement with New Pittsburg work. As I review my weekly routines, one thing I may cut back on (but not cut entirely) is the weekly Nutshell. I know that many of you read it religiously every week, and I am grateful for that. Others may skim through it, or not read it at all. As a result, we will need to cut back the frequency of that missive.

Regarding other changes or cuts in the future, we’ll need to see how things play out, but I am hoping that any other changes will be hardly noticeable. 

As we know, change is a part of life. Some changes we celebrate; others we dread, but either way we must deal with them in the best possible way. I am approaching the upcoming arrangement with optimism that we can all work together as we have for the past four years and that we can welcome our association with our brothers and sisters from New Pittsburg. 

Be assured that I love this church just as I love all of you, and I will remain loyal even after my pastoral duties come to an end. God has a plan, so let’s honor it and embrace it to his glory and our potential benefit, knowing that he will be with us every step of the way.

Until we meet again, Be Blessed!

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