For those of you who read this blog and also attend Gainesville Church in Gainesville Va. this might be a little bit of a repeat, but not entirely.
Last Sunday during the message I mentioned that I had rewatched “The Godfather” movie. There is a scene near the end of the movie that really resonated with me. It’s in Vito Corleone’s office. A number of the under bosses are there but Don Corleone isn’t seated in his chair behind his desk. Rather, he is putzing around the office watering a plant or two, while Michael (his youngest son) is behind the desk.
The scene unfolds with all of the under bosses asking Don Corleone questions about their business. Finally Don Corleone says; “Michael is in charge of the family business now, I have every confidence in him, ask Michael.”
The reason that resonated with me was that this is somewhat the position I am in now. Benson (my associate Pastor) is transitioning into the role of Sr. Pastor and I am transitioning out. I am in the office, somewhat putzing around, and realizing that; “Benson is in charge of the church family now; I have every confidence in him, ask him.
Transitions can be difficult to navigate. After 41 years of being a pastor, with most of it being the guy in charge, I find it a little daunting to have such an unknown future.
There is a song by Elevation Worship (My Testimony) that has a line in it’s chorus; “If I m not dead God’s not done (with me; my addition). This has kind of become my anthem as I approach this major change in my life.
This is simply a transition to another way for me to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I would like to do some consulting. Helping churches and Pastors realize their full potential.
Even though every church that I’ve served as Pastor in charged over the past 41 years has grown dramatically in my time there; I didn’t know how to take the next steps. It wasn’t until the last 10 years at Gainesville, when I got a coach, that I learned what those next steps was and how to take them.
I think I have a lot to offer younger pastors to help them take the next steps. I don’t know if this is what God has in mind for me, but I am sure that He isn’t done with me, because I am not dead.
Change can be scary, but we can have confidence in an unknown future because we serve a known God.