A few weeks ago the local Presbytery Exec asked if I would consider helping as a Coach with congregations in transition. I agreed to consider the possibility and attend an initial training. Within a few days I went from being open to the possibility to being matched with a church.
The surprise is the church I am now matched with is Birchwood Presbyterian http://bpchurch.org/ In 1997 I finished twelve years as a staff member at Birchwood. It was the place where Connie and grew through our young adult years, settled into Bellingham, became parents, raised our sons, experienced community and, hopefully, matured as ministry leaders.
I’m thinking both Birchwood Church and I have changed greatly in the past sixteen years. I’m looking forward to this time of reconnecting and trust I’ll be able to help them in their transformation process toward a hopeful new future.