Shalom to you

I’ve only just returned, but I must be leaving again.

I started blogging about 10 years ago. Back then, it was a way to explore a lot of questions I had about the United Methodist Church and Wesleyan theology. Over the years, my blogging has been a source of great blessing as I’ve become part of conversations across the United Methodist Church and made friends who I know only online. In all these things, my blog has always been very personal. Although I have been a part-time pastor for nine years now, my blog has never been a pastor’s blog. It has always been just me asking questions and making observations.

Now I am in a season of transition into full-time ministry. In July, I will be appointed as a pastor somewhere in Indiana. As I have been reflecting on that, it has become clear to me that this blog site and my public writing will need to undergo some changes. Simply put, there will no longer be a division between “my blog” and a “pastor’s blog.”

As much as I enjoy being in dialogue with voices from the Pacific to the Atlantic — and further afield — my blogging (if I continue to blog) as a full-time pastor needs to be focused on the congregation and community to which I will be appointed. And so I will be shutting down this site.

I have been grateful for this community of Methobloggers. You gave me a place to ask questions and have my questions honored and respected with critical and supportive feedback. It has been a honor to be a part of this tribe.

I will remain very interested in the wider denomination and the important issues that confront it. And from my location as a local church pastor, provisional elder, and aspiring member of the Indiana Annual Conference, I hope to have a positive impact on the church. The United Methodist Church has given me so much. I hope to give back to this odd body of believers raised up by the Holy Spirit. I hope to keep writing in some way. I will seek to be true to my baptismal vows to strengthen the ministry of the church. But this personal blog can no longer be a high enough priority to continue on in the way it has in the past.

Grace and peace be with you all. God bless you.

A turning point

So it is official. I have been approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry for commissioning as a provisional elder at Annual Conference.

This has been a long time coming. It is really just the first step of yet another and longer journey, but it also represents a pivot point in my life. I thank God for bringing me this far and pray he will watch over my days.

Now that this process had come to a close, I intend to return to more regular blogging.

Have I missed anything since November?

One month

I received word this week that my interview with the Board of Ordained Ministry will be Feb. 15.

Thank you for your prayers.

I look forward to returning to my blog after that date, whatever the outcome.