“There’s still work to do.”
That phrase became the catchphrase of the work of our administrative board, as we met with our Conference Superintendent over these past couple of weeks. We have been doing the hard, but important work, of finding the best way forward for Faith UMC, as we continue to love and reach out to our neighbors on the far Eastside. During our conversations, we talked about some of the challenges (mostly financial and building capital). However, most importantly, we talked about all the ways that Faith UMC has been faithful in mission. We celebrated the emergence of the Faith Farm, and our partnerships with Indy Urban Acres, The Moorhead Resource Center, Old Bethel, and others. As we considered those partnerships and mission, and the warmth and love of the Faith worshipping community, we simply knew, “There’s still work to do.” We know, that in all seasons, our aim is not to work alone, for the sake of the Kingdom. And, that is where the creativity and integrity of our administrative board set in. With the leadership and support of our Conference Superintendent, we believe we have mapped out the “best” way forward for this season.
We have been announcing, that effective January 1st, 2023, pastor Matthew will serve half-time at Faith UMC and half-time (as associate pastor of outreach and discipleship) at Old Bethel. Why this change? We believe that this strategic partnership with Old Bethel will provide so many opportunities to continue the work God has called us to, on the far Eastside, because, “There’s still work to do.” You’ll have questions, we understand. Let me assure you, myself and your administrative board will strategically map out ways this partnership can thrive with our friends at Old Bethel.
In our faith, we are always best when we journey together.
So friends, this is a change, and change can be hard. Change can also be hopeful, and we have lots to be hopeful about, as we enter this strategic partnership with our friends.
“There’s still work to do.” I’m delighted to continue to be part of that work, as we serve together to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.