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Springridge Mennonite appoints part-time pastoral leader

posted 13 Feb 2019, 14:14 by June Miller, MCA Communications
Springridge Mennonite appoints part-time pastoral leader

With the recent retirement of our pastor, Harold Schilk, Springridge Mennonite Church embarked on a search for a new pastor to fill our part-time position. Months later, it became clear that we may not be successful in finding a pastor and we began to explore ways we could continue as a church community without an official pastor.

After much discussion, meetings, prayer and reflection, we became more and more enthused about an alternate plan. We would look inwardly for leadership. As a result, we have called on Tany Warkentin to fill the role as part-part-time Pastoral Leader. Tany has already demonstrated pastoral gifts over the past years and had already heard the call to this type of leadership from a variety of people. Tany, together with the Pastoral Committee who have been a part of our church for decades, will be responsible for the worship and pastoral duties.

We as a congregation have come to an tentative understanding that we would invite 2 guest speakers every month and for the remaining Sundays, have audio or video sermons, readings or any other creative forms of worship. We are most grateful for the huge resource that Common Word affords, shared sermons from other sister congregations and gifts within our own congregation.

As we begin this voyage, which is new, challenging, yet hugely exciting, we don’t want to journey alone. Tim Wiebe-Neufeld has helped us get started and we hope that the larger Church, here in Alberta and even beyond will journey with us. We need your prayers as well as any gifts you feel led to share with us over the next year whether it be preaching, teaching or just coming and worshipping together.

Thank you. Submitted by Linden Willms