So … long time no blog post.¬†Let me explain briefly what has occurred in the last few months.

The week of my last blog post I discovered that I was going to transition out of my pastoral role at Elmbrook church. In December a new senior pastor arrived at Elmbrook. Those of you familiar with the church world will know that it is common for a new senior leader to restructure ministries and often reassemble the staff. That has happened at Elmbrook. The ministry that I led was integrated into the broader church, and I am one of a handful of pastors who have left staff.

It has been a difficult few months. Closing down the ministry was one of the hardest things that I have done in my vocational life. Being out of the role of pastor, at least in the official sense, has been both odd and painful. Being unemployed is stressful.
At the same time, we also see this transition as an opportunity. We have confidence that God will provide for our needs. We believe that God can work in this situation to bring us to the next chapter in a life of calling. There is always hope, so we cling to that. I will let you know what happens!
As far as the blog – I hope to get back to posting once or twice a week. I have a several drafts from the past few months. These are crazy days, looking for work takes a lot of time, but I will post when I can.
Grace and Peace,
Jim
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