Pastor’s Office Hours:
~ Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 AM to 2 PM ~
What is a Pastor?
After 2 weeks on the job here in Rhinelander and one worship service under my belt, I am happy to report to all of you that I’m feeling very good about this appointment. You have all been so welcoming and supportive. I truly believe God has called me to this place. I thought with this first newsletter article that it would be a good opportunity to begin what I hope will be a long and healthy dialogue between and among us. I encourage you to contact me as you feel the need. I want to know if you are struggling, if you need prayer, if you have an idea, if you would like a house call or if you would like me to make a contact with someone you know. I want to know when you are witnessing and experienc-ing the fruit of the Spirit and the glory of the Lord through the life of the church. I also want to know when you feel there are opportunities for the church and for myself as your pastor to im-prove the quality of our ministry together so that we might be a beacon of Christ’s light to the world.
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
To me, above all else, the pastor is the spiritual leader of the congregation; constantly keeping the entire congregation in prayer; urging the faithful to deepen and strengthen their relationship with God and to become mature disciples of Christ. Additionally the pastor is the chief administrator of the church; working in collaboration with the church administrative council, the committees, the church officers, staff and volunteers to oversee the total ministry of the church in pursuit of our common mission to make more disciples of Christ. The pastor also serves as the official representative of the larger United Methodist Church Connection and to that end is expected to uphold and communicate the official position of the Church when necessary.
On a more personal level, I would hope that you will come to view me as an available source of support if you ever need to talk in confidence about matters of faith, personal dilemmas and life decisions. If you ever feel that I missed an opportunity to be in ministry with you or someone else, please let me know. Chances are I may not have been made aware of the need. This is just a brief summary of what I believe a pastor should be. John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism, believed firmly in the power of holy conversation or Christian conferencing. Let’s keep the conversation going.
Your Servant Pastor,