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St. Brigit Community in Transition

July 15, 2019
For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11


Please pray the following Prayer for Transition of Clergy Leadership as part of your daily devotions:

"Almighty God, giver of every good gift, look graciously on your Church and so guide the minds of those who shall choose an Interim Priest and a Vicar for this congregation that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen"


On Saturday, 7/13/19, the Bishop’s Committee Community met with Ann Fleming, Missioner for Transition, to participate in a training for question development and the process of interviewing candidates for the position of Vicar at St. Brigit.

Soon Ann and Bishop Kym Lucas will inform the BCC of candidates they have vetted who would be available for interviews for the position of Vicar, which could potentially skip the step of having an interim priest. Names will remain confidential and  known only to the BCC members. In the meantime, the BCC will be refining their questions and putting together interview schedules of 1-3 days. 

Please keep the BCC members in your prayers. This is heartfelt and difficult work.  The commitment of this group of prayerful and spirit filled people is so inspiring…..a hug or a brief thank you to them individually would be a welcome gift.

Susan Kirmaier - Jr. Warden
Paul Kelly - Treasurer
Laura Lewis - At Large Member
Megan Hawkins - At Large Member
Nancy Trubee - At Large Member
Peg Nelson - Bishop’s Warden

Also, pray for Deacon Bookie and Eileen, our Parish Administrator…. without a priest the “staff trio” ( Peg, Bookie and Eileen) have taken on the day to day work of St. Brigit. They continue with their usual responsibilities but have many more “jobs” that would normally be handled by a priest clerically, canonically and just plain…. it needs to get done now!

With apologies, it seems I have not been clear in my information about for whom we are searching as  priest.  In June, Ann Fleming, Missioner for Transition, in consultation with Bishop Kym Lucas, determined that with two candidates interested in the Vicar position and no one applying for the Interim position by the closing date of June 30, the Bishop's Committee Community could have the choice to reopen the search for an Interim or move forward with a Vicar search. The BCC chose to move forward with the Vicar search. Therefore, the information in the Celtic Courier, weekly update and Transition Page was not as clear as it could have been...these articles only referenced searching for a Vicar and did not state we were no longer looking for an Interim. Hope now everyone understands where we are in  the search. If you have any questions, please e-mail, call or speak to me about your questions and concerns on any aspect of the search. Thank you. 

God’s Peace,  Peg Nelson, Bishop’s Warden

BY : Ben Simpson, Pastor  Eastwood Baptist Church, Bowling Green KY

Somewhere right now a church is losing its pastor. For whatever reason, this person is leaving, the church has moved into a time of transition , and the members feel they have had the wind knocked out of them. The pastor has loved them, fed them, and protected
them; doctored their wounds and rejoiced when they rejoiced. But now this person is moving away and sadness and discouragement will well up. If your church is in this scenario, I simply want to hearten you with six biblical truths.

1.    God will be with this church at all times.  You are not forsaken. God is with your congregation. “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Heb 13:5). Pastors come and go.  Only God will never leave us. And the presence of God is more vital to the life of a church.

2. God is in control.  God “works all things according to the counsel of His will” (Eph1:11) Do you believe that? This pastoral transition is not happening outside of the will of God.  God is working this according to the counsel of His will. So the question is not “Who is in control?”  God is in control. The question is ”Will you rest in Him by trusting Him?” 

3.God plans good out of this transition. It might not feel good right now, but God has promised that he works all things together for the good of his people (Rom 8:28). Is your church part of his people? If so, this transition is included in “all things”. Therefore, you can rest assured that good will come from it. That’s how awesome God is… even those things that don’t feel good are used for good. It might not be the good have in mind, but it is good. Therefore, walk forward in faith.

4. It’s okay to weep. While good will come out of this pastoral transition, that does’t remove the deep sadness. Losing your pastor hurts. I’m reminded of how the Ephesian elders  wept  at Paul’s goodbye:”And they would not see his face again.” When he had said these things
he knelt down and prayed with them all. And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken. And, they accompanied him to the ship”. (Acts 20:36-38)

I believe the Ephesians knew that God would be with them, that he was in control and that he was going to bring good out of this transition. Nevertheless, they wept . And it’s okay to weep. It’s actually a way of saying Thank You to both God and your pastor.

5. Ministry must go on. Notice what the Great Commission does not say, “Go therefore and make disciples”……if you have a pastor/priest. One church that I used to work with lost their pastor. When I’d call their lay leaders about a ministry opportunity their answer was always, “Well, you see, we just don’t have a pastor right now.” They had forgotten that ministry must continue in the interim. The Great Commission doesn’t include any conditionals.

Does ministry become a bit harder without a pastor leading? Probably so, but if the person  was a good pastor,Ephesians 4:11-12 will have been obeyed by equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. In the interim, you and the leadership of the church must make sure  ministry continues. Get to work!

6. The church must not scatter. Jesus promised the flock would scatter at his crucifixion (Mat 26:31).  For a season, that’s exactly what happened. The same often happens in churches during pastoral transition. Because their pastor is no longer there, ministry begins to lag, folks trickle out. Some reasons for going might be legitimate, but this may also be the time in which the congregation should most strongly gather together for support and encouragement.

Recognize the temptation to scatter and work more diligently to stay bound together in unity and love. This will be a season of testing for you. I know you didn’t ask for it but with God’s help, you will endure it. 

For churches currently in this situation: May the interim bring blessings you never expected and I pray that God provides a new pastor for your church soon.

This is God's Church and we are in God's hands and that's a really good place to be!
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St. Brigit Episcopal Church
110 Johnson St., Frederick, CO 80530

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