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August 2022

Hello Beloved, I’m baaack!

Well to be candid, I never really left. I was supposed to, that was the plan, it just hasn’t worked out that way. While I am certainly looking forward to retirement and the break it will bring, I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) just walk out with no one to take my place here.

The plan was (having announced my last day here as Senior Pastor as July 31st), beginning in August, I would be replaced by an interim pastor that would shepherd the church through the process of visioning their future and finding a settled pastor that was a good fit for that vision. At this point, the church has not found the interim they feel would help them achieve those objectives, so either I stay a bit or the church has no pastoral leadership. Consequently, I have agreed to remain in place, albeit in a somewhat reduced capacity (in order to comply with the Pension Fund’s requirements) for an additional three months.

Beginning August 1st, I will be in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and in the pulpit on Sundays. If at any time during that period, the church leadership identifies the interim they want to hire, I will step out however they request. I am not sure what we are going to do if no interim has been hired at the end of the three month period, but we have time to figure that out.

God has a plan for you, and God has a plan for First Christian Church. Our task is to be God’s servants, not his social director or manager. I had a plan. Things didn’t go as planned so I had to make a choice. I could either hold to the plan because it was what I wanted or keep the bigger picture in focus and adjust my plan. It isn’t about me, it’s about God’s plan for First Christian Church, so I adjusted my plan. Can you?

If it means you need to make adjustments to the plan you have for finding your next pastor, will you? Does God need to adjust to your plans or will you fit into God’s plan? Just a heads up, it’s more than just talking about it.


Cliff Caton