What Being Pastor at MTO Means to Me
What being Pastor of Mt. Olivet church means to me:
It means being part Priest; to represent God’s people before God (Heb. 5:1). To lift up the congregation’s petitions, their hopes and dreams, to mediate for and ask forgiveness on behalf of the God’s people I represent. To love, care (Ezekiel 34:2), encourage, guide, give direction, to meet the needs of those whom I serve.
It means being part Prophet; to represent the will of God to the people (Ex. 4:10-16). Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).
It means being a (servant) Leader; providing a safe place for church members to grow in their faith and to support others in becoming more Christ-like (1 John 2:6) as I continue to grow in my faith (1 Cor. 11:1). A Servant Leader that guides and nurtures others to promote ministry opportunities through their gifts, skills and effort (Phil. 2:3).
It means that I take my responsibilities seriously in applying all these different parts at Mt. Olivet United Church of Christ. Do I always get it right, especially in balancing Priest (looking inward in caring for members) and Prophet (looking outward taking on current cultural issues like, racial inequality)? No, like you, I am a work in progress. I confess I’m far from perfect (just ask Synthea and the kids), but know that I’m keenly listening and striving to lead us in God’s will, “the voice of truth”, while being open to having conversations with all of you about how to fulfill our mission statement following Christ together: Loving God, Serving Others, Welcoming All.
Here's to engaging conversations!