August 10 Inspiration

From the Desk of Pastor Kyle Doebler

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.”

John 12:24


Transition is hard work. For the disciples, the transition to a ministry without Jesus’ physical presence with them involved grieving the death of their friend, dealing with the whiplash and celebrating the joy of his resurrection, and in concert with the Holy Spirit, discerning new patterns of ministry. In the same way, transitions in the church contain a strange mix of grieving what was, assessing what is, and dreaming with joy and expectation of what will be. And if all these things were done in sequence, perhaps transition wouldn’t be so difficult, but the reality is that we do all these things simultaneously—a bit like an emotional pinball machine.

Yet, we know that transition and change are essential. Jesus promises that as difficult as transition may be, the hope and promise is that it will lead to new life. That’s the hope and promise of a pastoral transition, too—that through this transition new life will come to Liberty Church. Things may be changing. There may be new faces up front in worship, new voices from the pulpit. Things may happen differently. And the promise of the gospel is that as one era ends, new life might come.

Grace and peace,