It was one year ago that I tendered my resignation to First Baptist Church, New Bern. I did this at 55 years old, after 12 years as their senior pastor, with no other church to go to, plus deciding to change denominations and return to my Presbyterian roots (PCUSA). I felt God’s call and presence, albeit with some anxiety!
I needed to take, and pass Hebrew! If I did that, I would then need to also take and pass the ordination exam on Presbyterian Polity (I had already taken and passed the exams on exegesis, worship and sacraments, and theology)! I would also need to get a presbytery, New Hope, to approve me for this whole process! With this all done, I would only then be able to complete and post a Personal Information Form at a site where PCUSA churches are matched with a candidates specific skill set! The denomination is in decline and there is an excess of pastors seeking each open pulpit!
This was NOT a rational decision (I have no lofty bank reserve like some people)! What I have is the love of, and call from, God! Years ago, when in a similar situation, I heard God tell me, “I know who you are! I know where you are! Trust me!” And I did! And God worked things out perfectly and miraculously!
I begin my new call at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Havelock, NC, as their Pastor/Teaching Elder on October 1rst. The Presbytery of Coastal Carolina still has to approve me on October 11th at the Presbytery meeting, but their Committee on Ministry allowed me to begin early! My one year severance pay (graciously given to me by the wonderful congregation of First Baptist) ends at the end of September!
God is good, and is faithful! Do you trust the faithfulness of God? When God calls, and we answer, God will never disappoint!