A Note from Our Transitional Pastor
Dear Thornapple Covenant Church:
When I was being interviewed by the elders last April for my position as Transitional Pastor, none of us knew how this year would unfold. I remember telling the elders that most churches lose people during a pastoral transition. But added to that, some church advisors were saying that many people may never return to church after the pandemic. Plus we were in the middle of yet another contentious election year. I said I’d be happy to join the church for the transition but “buckle up” because it wouldn’t be an easy year. It certainly wasn’t!
Yet, as we recently learned from “James,” we can consider it all joy when we go through various trials. Trials produce perseverance which in turn leads to our maturity so that we are lacking in nothing. The setbacks our church has suffered this past year has caused some of us to fear the future. But God has us in his hands. He always finishes the work that he starts and I’m confident he’s not finished with us yet!
We have a beautiful building in a strategic setting, but the greatest asset we have, besides God, is YOU… the people. I’ve only met a fraction of the church due to the pandemic, but the people I’ve met have been great; great faith, great hearts, great fun! Your dedication to God and to one another is what makes this church strong and convinces me that we will not only survive our present obstacles but overcome them and be better because of them.
We have an excellent staff and elders leading us. We have incredibly dedicated volunteers. And the search committee is doing a fantastic job of finding the next senior pastor that God has for us. As much as I’ll hate to say good-bye to you all this year, I can’t wait for this person to surface so they can lead you into God’s future.
Thanks for letting me be a part of the Thornapple Story for this brief season. Please celebrate with me as we review this past year and look ahead to the rest of 2021 and beyond.