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Jackie HeadshotJackie Thompson, Event Coordinator

This is going to be a year of transition for Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church.  Change does not have to be a bad thing, it is just different.  Change can be viewed either as a threat or an opportunity, a healthy church will see an opportunity.  I believe change is God’s way of calling the church to something new.  I also believe Pastor Wes was called by God to help another church that will benefit from his talents, strengths and compassion, as we have these past five years.  God knows we are a healthy congregation and can move forward with spirit’s guidance into yet another chapter of our church history.  Our church will celebrate 35 years in existence and has persevered up to this point and under more stressful times.

Every transition consists of three main periods, according to Craig A. Satterlee, in his book, When God Speaks through Change: Preaching in Times of Congregational Transition.  First, there is the ending—this happened when Wes announced his departure.  Second, there is a neutral zone – the congregation processing what has happened and discovers God’s will for the next step.  Finally, there is the new beginning.  We are in the second phase, the neutral zone.  When the Board of Directors decided to move quickly to obtain a Gap Pastor, we did this in order to create consistency and meaning throughout our Advent season.  We were fortunate that Rev. Diane Martin was available.  She wasn’t just a warm body, she feels connected to our church and wanted to help us through the second phase of our transition process.

As we journey together on this path the staff and board are keeping the church as a whole in mind when making decisions.  Especially, decisions that impact how the services are structured, music that is selected, children’s church, educational programs (CLM, Financial Peace University, etc.), and events (snow tubing, bowling, Easter egg hunts, Pride, etc.).  Every decision we make around these topics are considered very seriously, and decisions are made based on providing the same level of quality and commitment as in the past.  The staff and board have been working hard to maintain consistency in the programming that has already been established.  The one event that is not going to happen this year, due to the change in our staff will be the annual retreat.  We feel as a staff, the retreat would be very difficult to plan and execute without knowing who will be in the pulpit and what resources we have that would create a meaningful event.  In place of the retreat, Dan Doren has offered to organize a camping trip for anyone interested.  More details about this event will be announced as they become available.

By staying anchored in God’s presence, grace, and power we will move forward to the path God is intending for us to go.  In the meantime, practicing patience with each other, as never before will help us during this time.  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


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