1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
For the past 16 years I have lived out the blessing of being your pastor. It has been a joy and a privilege. It has been filled with laughs and tears as we simply lived our lives together. I had personal expectations and even hopes, that this would be the position I would hold until that final phase - “retirement.” But as most of you know, it was announced last Sunday that I would be moving to a new ministry area in a few months.
I wanted to pass along some basic information on what I will be doing. Here is an overview of my new position based on some of the information in my letter of call. I would greatly appreciate your ongoing prayers as I step into this role in August.
The North American Mission [NAM] Director leads the overall North American disciple-making mission, overseeing the priorities of congregational vitality and church planting.
The NAM Director will be responsible to:
• Advance the CLB disciple-making movement by providing day to day leadership and resourcing of congregational vitality
• Define vision for and a definition of CLB disciple-making within our theology and missionary character, which will serve to clarify and animate the church as a disciple-making movement
• Seek and call (with Synodical President) a North American Mission Associate Director who will oversee a CLB church planting initiative (with strategic plan)
• Define and develop a NAM disciple-making philosophy of ministry and strategic plan, including the development of resources and strategy for:
a. Assessment of congregational health
b. Teaching resources for congregational vitality
c. Training opportunities for congregational vitality including workshops, webinars, conferences (CLB and other), etc.
d. Providing cohort collaboration of pastors and congregations for congregational vitality
e. Provide or identify coaching resources for congregational vitality
• Communicate vision for and work with the Office of the President, Lutheran Brethren Seminary, and congregations to prioritize pastoral and lay leadership identity and modeling of disciple-making
I will be claiming the following words from Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi for Oak Hill, Barb and myself during this period of change and opportunity.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Pastor Nick Mundis