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A Letter from Pastor Steve
September 12, 2017
Last night in a joint meeting with the deacons and personnel committee, I announced my intentions to retire from full-time pastoral ministry in the near future. After some very helpful and thoughtful considerations as to what might be the most helpful timetable for Midway Baptist, we decided that February 2018 would be a good target.
Sam Keen once expressed that: “A wise person knows what time it is in his or her life.” But, I grew up in the era of the music group Chicago. They raised the question in a song: “Does anyone really know what time it is?” Of course, I’m easily confused. So, the Bible indicates: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecc. 3:1) I believe this is the time.
My hope is to continue pastoral ministry through interim assignments. Also, Campbellsville University has given me the opportunity to serve as “University Outreach Advancement Director” (a similar role to what I have done at BSK and Georgetown College while serving as your pastor).
Adequate words fail me to express my profound gratitude to you all for these amazing years that I have enjoyed being your pastor and friend! Somehow two phrases have come to mind over and over:
“Saved the best for last.”
“The best is yet to be.”
I believe both are true. For me, the former phrase, for you all, “The best is yet to be!”
Twice you all have walked with Joy and me through severe health challenges that could have been fatal. I believe your prayers and the prayers of other dear friends, along with the amazing grace of God, have enabled me to continue to serve. Thank you! Thank you!
On February 2012, we made promises to each other in a worship setting as an offering to God. Among those promises are these:
The Covenant of People and Pastor
To Pastor: Do you promise to preach and teach the Word with integrity, lead God’s people with vision, humility and courage, and provide pastoral care and love for every one of God’s people, for their good and God’s glory?
By God’s grace, I have tried to do that.
To People: Do you promise to pray for and support your pastor so that he will be enabled by God and us to fulfill the best of God’s intentions for his life and for our church?
Through your grace, I have felt that you have done that well.
All: We covenant together to love each other, encourage one another, keep the bonds of fellowship strong among us, pray for one another regularly, and give Christ free rein to live through us.
I believe we have kept our promises! To God be the glory!! Thank you for letting Joy and me share our journey together with you!!
In the near future (DON’T MISS THE BUSINESS MEETING SUNDAY AT 6PM), you will hear from the deacons and personnel committee regarding arrangements for our remaining time together.
Still thrilled to be your pastor and friend,
P.S. Joy says that I can move away from Midway in retirement. I think I will stay here with her. “Mid-Way” between earth and heaven!