Pastor’s Message – Pentecost 11

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations” (Psalm 67:1-2).

In the past two weekend’s Messengers, I have outlined for you the primary roles and responsibilities of Pastor Adam as Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship and of Pastor Pam as Pastor of Community Care. This weekend, let me outline for you my primary roles and responsibilities as Lead Pastor.

In addition to serving as the Head of Staff, I continue to hold primary responsibility for both the worship life of the congregation and the stewardship of the congregation, serving as the primary pastoral liaison to both the Worship and Stewardship Vision Teams. I work closely with the other pastors and our congregation’s talented music staff to plan and lead worship that is Biblically and confessionally sound, awe-inspiring and spiritually uplifting, and that grows us deeply in our relationships with Christ, with each other, and with the community around us. Christian Stewardship has many facets, including financial stewardship, spiritual gifts, and care of our facilities. I meet monthly with the Property Ministry Team to care for and manage our buildings and grounds.

In addition to staff supervision, worship, and stewardship, I also work closely with the Leadership Board, meeting with them twice each month to oversee the mission and ministry of our congregation, and serve on the Finance and Administration Committee, the Endowment Fund Committee, and the St. John’s Preschool Board. In being part of these leadership groups in the congregation, we articulate and care for the mission and vision of St. John’s, seeking to align our varied resources in ways that best serve the gospel both here in Springfield and beyond.

Though each of us have different roles and responsibilities, know that each of us—Pastor Pam, Pastor Adam, and myself—deeply care for each of you and for this congregation. When one of us shows up at your home or your hospital room, it is as if all three of us are there with you. When one of us attends your meeting or your small group, it is as if all three of us are present. When one of us preaches or teaches or leads worship, it is all if all three of us are there together bearing a united witness to the good news of Christ’s love for the world. Though we now have three pastors serving here at St. John’s, we still have one mission—to be and make disciples of Christ in response to God’s grace. We are church together!

Equipped for discipleship +

Pastor Greg