Wow, I cannot believe it has been a year since I have been called as the Minister of First Christian Church in Missoula. It has been an awesome year and I am so happy to have been part of the growth, love and community that is FCC Missoula.
In this last year I have seen such commitment to Christ from this faith community and it warms my heart to have been part of it. We have grown in number and in faith and I see this continuing for us as we continue to transform in the church we are called to be in Missoula Montana in 2022. I am forever grateful for the opportunity given to me by these wonderful people to serve God and the community.
As my first year was coming to an end, I began some reflection on how I do things and have had some 'coming to Jesus moments' if you'll excuse the pun. I have a tendency to take on a lot of work without asking for help, and I am going to try and stop that. As a minister it is my job to care for the congregation, but it is the congregations job to invest themselves into their calling as church. If I do all the work, then the congregation will not be as invested or feel as connected, and that would not be good. I have also come to realize that I am a workaholic, I work two jobs and like to give a lot of time to both. One of them will be a volunteer job again soon, but I need to make sure I am taking appropriate self care, because if I am not in a good condition, then I cannot possibly do a good job a leading the congregation.
Those are just a few things I have come to better see about myself. I have also been reflecting on what I want to focus on as a Minister for this next year. My hope and goal is to really get all of our congregation on the same page as to who we are. FCC Missoula has a rich history in this town, we are older than the U. We need to have a good understanding of our history, of our story and who we are. We need to use that knowledge to create a mission statement that is not just using the Disciples mission statement, but one that truly reflects this community and then we need to make sure to live into that. I am thinking this might be the focus during our Lenten soup suppers this coming year.
Well, I am not sure what else to say today, so I guess I will end with one year down and many more to go!