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A note from Pastor Mueller

Christians, Pay Attention.

 
 

Pastor’s Message….
 
 
11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
For well over a year St. Paul’s has had a master plan to pursue a second pastor. In fact, we were days away from extending that call before plans were placed on hold. When Pastor Unke decided to pursue ministry in Las Vegas, calling for a second pastor was put on hold until the Holy Spirit would fill the vacancy here. When the Lord answered the vacancy this past August, the leadership still understood the ministry and need here was greater than one pastor could accomplish. The plans hadn’t changed from a year ago, they were simply on hold pending the first pastor arriving and settling in. Over the past six months that settling in has taken place (and will continue). The leadership is now encouraging us to pursue the godly plans already in place. Information on the pastoral division of duties has been placed in the bulletin on January 15th, and is available from the office via email or hard copy to anyone who requests it. The plans will be discussed at the January 29th brat fry/voters meeting. And the official call meeting will be held on February 5th after the second service (11:45 am).
There are some things to keep in mind as we prepare to call for a pastor.
  • Please keep in mind the nearly 100 pastoral vacancies facing the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod at this time. Our ministry need at St. Paul’s is legitimate and serious. The need is also great in many places. Please pray for the Lord of the harvest to send workers. At the same time please hold out to your children or grandchildren the privilege and honor it is to serve the Lord in ministry. Encourage them to consider such blessed work.
  • It is the Holy Spirit who leads and guides men into pastoral ministry and places them where he wants them to be. That means we could get a pastor quickly…or it could mean it takes some time. Either way, the Holy Spirit has in mind the answer for us. As we enter into the calling process, let us trust the guidance, direction, timing, and answer God gives us.
  • This is the first time in our blessed congregational history we are pursuing a second pastor. That word second though is for distinguishing the calls, not distinguishing importance. We are to respect him as a servant of God and the gift God has prepared for us. Soon the Holy Spirit by grace will fill that second slot with a name and we will have the privilege to call him pastor.
  • Lastly, pursuing the blessing of another pastor is purposefully to bless us. That’s exactly what God teaches in the above section of Scripture. With another pastor the ultimate goal is us. We get to be built up. We get to train God’s people at every age both to face the present with Christ and ultimately to face their future and stand confidently before Christ. We God-willing will have more opportunities for Bible studies. We will have more time to reach the straying and the lost. We will have more opportunities to serve and let our light shine. And as Christ continues to develop spiritual maturity here, it will inevitably overflow to bless his entire church.
May the Lord bless our planning in him and bless us by his glorious plans for us.
 
Pastor Mueller
 
 
 
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