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Yesterday confirmed to me that ministry is all about relationships. We had the unpleasant task of telling the good people at Macquarie Anglican Churches that we are moving on to a different position at a different church.
We felt ourselves grieving as we shared the news. Some people were surprised; others weren’t. Some cried, others avoided talking to us. All in all, a very hard day.
But, to be expected. Christian ministry is all about relationships. It is about loving, caring, sharing, encouraging, rebuking, exhorting, persuading, weeping, lifting up, raising up and reaching out. All of the things our gracious God does to each of us through his Word, he calls us to do with each other as we share life in the Spirit. It is no surprise that ‘one another’ is one of the most common expressions of the New Testament.
Our many thanks for all the kind and encouraging words people were able to offer in the midst of their processing the news. Our prayers will be with you in these final days of our time at Macquarie.
Following is a statement that I read out at all of the congregations of Macquarie Anglican Churches on Sunday, 15th April:
“After many weeks of deliberation and prayer, Beck and I have decided that it is right for me to accept a position as Senior Associate Minister at St Paul’s Castle Hill.
We have very much enjoyed our 5 plus years here with the people of Macquarie. We have enjoyed sharing our lives, our home and ministry with all of you. Our decision to move in is in no way a reflection of the affection with which we hold people here, nor on any of the ministry roles we have had the privilege to share with you.
We have been approached many times over the previous years with offers of other jobs. Until now, we have felt that it was not the right time to move on from serving God’s people here.
This new role will involve overseeing the spiritual development of people of all stages of life and Christian maturity, from all of the congregations at St Paul’s. It is a senior role that involves overseeing and developing both paid and unpaid ministry staff in their various ministries.
We feel that this move to serve the people at Castle Hill is right for all of our family at this particular time.
We will remain committed to Macquarie Anglican Churches until the final week of second term – Sunday 24th June, the Sunday after the parish weekend away.
We look forward to serving you until then, and thank you for all your support and prayers.”