The Heartbeat

We're now on the brink of entering the fall season. As you may recall, from nearly a year ago, we agreed that it would be during these last few months of 2022 that you and I would be spending more time with each other as I prepare to step away and you take your place "at the plate" (up to bat, and ready to take a swing!). As you know, I am so excited for you.

In my opinion you have a lot going for you: You are coming into an established church with a good track record and a good reputation. Along with that you have seasoned, but not old, leaders. You are being given a tabula rasa – a blank slate, upon which you may write, define, and mark off what you believe is best for Burning Hearts. And on top of all that you have had the almost unique experience of having spent more than an entire year getting to know at least some of these people who will be looking to you for spiritual direction.

So in these last few months, we will meet. I will share paperwork with you. I will pass on to you some things that I have written for those looking to get married. We will discuss how (and how not) to visit people in the hospital and what to say at a funeral. We will discuss church discipline, the overseeing of meetings, church promotion, budgeting, insurance and more.

We will discuss what books might be helpful to you, what pastors in the area are "good guys" and which ones I would not trust. We will talk about future leaders from within Burning Hearts, how to best utilize your time and how to try and hold on to a happy marriage.

And then that day will come: I will exit and you will be in charge. Don't be afraid of those that may charge you with "trying to take control." Even after 36 years of pastoring I do not understand those people. In any and every other sphere of life, these same people will applaud those who take leadership. They may be in awe of the Donald Trumps or Elon Musks of life, but for some reason they believe every pastor should humbly submit to their ideas and that any pastor who puts forth his own vision of how things should be done is a "control freak." Don't be persuaded or moved by these people. Pray for God to give you a vision and then in the words of Jesus "feed" his sheep. Be humble, yes. But don't be weak. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.

I am praying for you.

And by mid-next year, Lord willing, Ruth and I will both be back, ready to assist you and the church in whatever way seems best.

By His Grace,
Doug Winne

Upcoming Events

Bravehearts Breakfast & Annual Trap Shoot
08 Oct 2022 - 07:00AM
Adult Sunday School
09 Oct 2022 - 09:00AM
Worship Service
09 Oct 2022 - 10:30AM
Prayer Meeting
12 Oct 2022 - 07:00PM
Adult Sunday School
16 Oct 2022 - 09:00AM