It’s been a bit of a whirlwind season at Crossroads Church, and I’m happy to be able to share with you some of the changes that are happening in our community.
The big change has to do with our leadership team...
The second is that Nate+ has been called to be the new rector at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Amesbury, MA. He has prayerfully accepted this call, and while it is a bit of a surprise to us, we support him as he moves on to this exciting new opportunity.
This leaves me, as a lay leader, and as I take stock of both our community and of myself, I'd like to share a bit about what I see. First, I see people who are genuinely beginning to trust one another and to become the body of Christ. This takes time, and that is the gift of where we are right now. We have spent time together and are on the verge of something really amazing. Second, and this is totally obvious, but worth stating, I am not Nate+ or Kristen+. I can't fill their shoes, I don't have their gifts, and I can't pick up where they left off and do the same thing moving forward. I believe that this is an opportunity for us to grow into something really special, and I am quite excited about the possibilities.
I am committed to this group and this church. I'm working with Malcolm+ Reid, who is a priest at CtR (Christ the Redeemer in Danvers), whom both Nate+ and I worked with closely when we were on the vestry there. He is wonderful and I am excited about the chance to work with him, and to have him get to know us. I'm also grateful for the chance to have a closer connection to CtR in general, as they take a more active role in supporting us through this transition. There are many wonderful folks there who may be soon joining us, and at the very least will continue praying for us. Malcolm+ and I will be working with Nate+ in the next several months to develop a plan for leadership during this transition time. But it's critical that we all be praying and asking God what shape our community might take over the course of the next year. We'll be talking more actively about that in the weeks and months to come.
I'd also like to leave you with a thought that I heard recently, which was, in effect, God doesn't give you more that your community can bear. This is different than our individual western idea of "God not giving me more that I can bear." It strikes me that the community we are forming is critical as we are facing loads of transition and uncertainty right now. Only by being together and bearing those burdens can we really be Christ to one another, and thus to South Salem (and thus to New England and the world). For those of you who are praying for us, be certain that you are indeed bearing our burdens with us and that we could not have become what we are today - and have little hope of becoming anything tomorrow without the prayers of so many dear friends.
Much love to you all.