Dear PVUMC faith community,
“I don’t know what you’re doing but I hope it goes well! We will miss you!” I heard this comment several times after I made the announcement on Sunday that I would be leaving my appointment at PVUMC at the end of the summer. In September, I will begin a new appointment, serving as a ministry coach with Passion in Partnership. I will be working with clergy, laity and groups within churches.
Here are some answers to a few questions that folks have asked me:
What does a ministry coach DO? Think of the job of an athletic coach. They lead players from one place (the start of the game/ season) to another place (the end of the game/season, hopefully as winners). They guide players in strategizing, decision-making, communication and a host of other skills. In a similar way, ministry coaches guide clergy, laity and churches to use these skills for fruitful ministry for God’s Kingdom. Ministry coaches utilize the methods of appreciative inquiry, peer learning and faithful dialogue in a strengths-based approach. (If you want to learn more about ministry coaching, check out the website – www.pipcoaching.net)
Where will you be working? Are you moving? I will be working from my home office. We will not be leaving Wilmington.
Will you leave Pine Valley UMC? I will be leaving my position as a pastor at PVUMC but I will not leave this faith community. In September, I will no longer lead in the ways that you might normally see me. PVUMC will continue to be my charge conference, my connection to the larger UMC. My husband, Noah, will continue to serve on the Bridge music team and assist with IGNITE. After some time away this fall, I will return to be involved in the life of the church. I may occasionally preach, lead a Bible study or serve in some other way as needed.
Will you still be ordained? Yes, I will still be ordained. Clergy who serve beyond the local church are appointed to extension ministry. If wondering, yes, I will still “do” weddings and funerals!
I am so thankful for the people and the ministry of Pine Valley UMC. You have loved my family and me for 15 years. Thank you! I am not saying any goodbyes yet. I will be here all summer serving alongside you all as we “connect hearts to Christ and one another.”