A church is a gathering of people. People need organization. Pastor’s are either very organized or very not organized. I am not very organized.
So in the vacuum left by our associate pastor’s move to a new ministry and our office administrator’s move to South Korea, we had some huge gaps at the start of the summer. At one point at the start of the summer, I was the sole staff member of the church.
But through the help of an advisory team assisting the elders and a church consultant, we strategically considered the needs of the church and began the process to look for a few key roles. We landed on finding an administrative assistant, a ReCAST kids coordinator, a youth intern, an office intern, and possibly someone for coordinating community.
As of the start of school the Lord has provided for us some of those positions and one that we didn’t know we needed when we started.
Haley Hogoboom came on board as the administrative assistant at the start of the summer, followed by Leah Kline as an office intern. Our worship leader left due to a job change to Wisconsin and so we have brought Dave Bunt on as our interim music leader. Our most recent hire has been Jackie Kline serving as our ReCAST kids director. We are still seeking a college student or recent graduate to help run our middle school and high school ministry on a part time basis.
But our staff has grown from one to five in a matter of about two months. The office at ReCAST has transformed from a a slow-paced, quiet (if not a bit lonely) place, to a place full of activity. Staff meetings are kinda lame, alone.
So already, I have a strong sense that God is placing the right people in the right places for collaboration and better service to the wonderful people of ReCAST! One thing is for sure . . . We need each other in ministry. Nobody is an island and no ministry can function well on the shoulders of one individual.
I am praising God for His guiding hand through this season of hiring several part time positions. There is no question that this is His church, and He has been faithful to continue to care for us through the ups and downs.
And that is just the staff. I’ll have to wait for another blog to write about the growth of the board of elders at ReCAST!