The Inside Column 18/3

Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 18, 2012 No Comments

A quick note from the dim dark recesses of the Vicarage or is it the Resignarage. I thought a short update on events to let you know that we have not left you all wane and woebegone.

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven that passage from Ecclesiastes we all know so well comes in to play. This has been a significant move and step in all our lives; that includes Phil and Greta. Significant in the fact that a transition like this happens so rarely. Too often, the development of a parish goes through a success stage, the Vicar leaves and the next person destroys all the work that has developed. This will not happen at St Barnabas.

The process we have worked through at St Barnabas has not been precipitous but has been discussed, wrestled with, prayed about, and with hindsight we see through all that that God’s purposes are being thoroughly worked out. There are still some practical processes to be actioned, developed and worked through with the Bishop, Diocese and Vestry. But this has meant that as our appointed time finishes, so does Phil’s appointed time begin. That is right, biblical and proper.

There is great work to be done at St Barnabas, and the timing is absolutely perfect for the next stage of growth and development. It is a scary move for all of us and a huge step in faith but more that that in Gods timing and purposes a step in the right direction. A verse from Joel springs to mind. Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. Joel 2:26

For the time being we are working through new ministry options that will keep us here for at least the rest of the year. In the meantime I will help out during the various interregnums that are happening at the Diocese and assisting other parishes where they need help. Sort of clergy putty. We have already been offered one parish outside the Diocese but have turned that down and we are looking at other options next month outside new Zealand. Or we may move into an entirely different role and be self supporting in ministry in Nelson… You know stepping out in faith, there was the fear, that there would be no options… but that step has meant there are too many options. The lesson is, that we need to learn time and time again is that when God is part of the process He will do more that we can ever ask or imagine.

As this year proceeds, and this parish, more than most, steps out in faith, I am truly excited to see what God is going to do at St Barnabas under Phil’s leadership. Clare and the family will still worship here and be part of the ministry team as usual. But you as a parish must look to Phil for leadership direction and guidance, more than just taking on the role as Priest in Charge, he has been appointed by God to lead the parish at this time, and carries that God given anointing and spiritual mantle of authority. I know you will respond to that with your full support . +Richard will speak more about this in the very near future.

May God bless you all abundantly.


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