Hello! I am Pastor Wayne Shelor, the Interim Pastor here at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church.
On June 16th I began my service with you. As the Interim Pastor I will do many of the “regular” things a pastor does. I will lead worship, preach, preside at the sacraments, visit with those in need of pastoral care and guidance, teach, supervise the staff, offer guidance to the Congregation Council, Officers and all of our committees.
At the same time I will be doing some things that are particular to an Interim Pastor. Mostly, and I really mean this, I am want to hear what you have to say about this congregation, its people, its history (good and bad), this community, and your hopes for the future. This will help me lead us through an in-depth process of self-reflection so we may clearly articulate who we are as a community of faith in this place.
We will do this by addressing five focus points:
Heritage – reviewing how the congregation has been shaped and formed throughout history, making us who we are today
Leadership – reviewing the needs for our work together and the gifts displayed in our members and friends to determine the best way of organizing for God’s work
Mission – defining and redefining our sense of purpose and direction; what does God wish for us to be doing here in this place now
Connections – discovering all of the various relationships this faith community has developed in this community and beyond
Future – developing our Mission Site Profile (MSP), the document the Synod uses to share Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church with pastoral candidates.
This process will take a while (most likely at least a year), please be patient. This work is important! It is an incredibly valuable process for the health of the congregation, and the foundation for a healthy relationship with the next settled pastor who comes to serve among you.
I am glad to be here. I am looking forward to what God has in store for us on this journey. It has been my experience that God’s journeys are always exciting.
Peace in Christ <><
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