The only constant in the world is change. But this has certainly been an exciting year of change for my family and I. It has been a year and a week since I first starting checking into the possibility of transferring my ordination to the United Methodist Church. It was something that had been in the back of my mind and my heart for a long time. And finally life I allowed myself to take a step out in a new direction. During that time I’ve been blessed to receive appointment to Cedar Falls First United Methodist. I began in July and I feel really blest to be here!
I am enjoying the challenges of living in a new community, being at a new church and getting to know a new denominational family. Shortly I will begin course work on a course from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry on United Methodist history. Following that I will take courses in UMC doctrine and UMC polity. I’ll be continuing to work with the Board of Ordained Ministry to complete my transfer of orders as I serve here in Cedar Falls.
At the same time my wife and I have become empty nesters as our daughter transferred from DMACC to Iowa State University. We have all be making that adjustment, and I’m proud of how well she is doing in Ames!
So often we are afraid of change, avoid change, try to hold change back. Yet change is a part of life, ministry, and following our Lord and Savior. As I’ve said before we need to embrace change! And we do so we can embrace to miraculous activities of God in a world that God is working to change and grow for the better.