Transition is a Time for Transformation


The following is a note that appeared in Alameda’s weekly bulletin yesterday, written by Keith Lough, one of our church’s Elders:

Lynn Cowell wrote, “Sometimes God brings times of transition to create transformation.” Over the years Alameda has endured many transitions: births and deaths, changes in ministry staff and eldership, move-ins and move-outs.  Each event changed the dynamics of the group.  Comfort and empathy had to be shared.  New leaders had to emerge.  Relationships had to be kindled.  Through all of these, God has worked to transform our congregation into a more serving and sharing body.  Each individual being transformed by the challenges has “worked together to make the whole body grow and be strong with love” (Ephesians 4:16).  So, during our current season of transition, “let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good.  At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.  Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all” (Galatians 6:9).

I love those words of wisdom!

And I hope all Alameda members will take them to heart.

As we experience transition within our ministry staff and eldership, let’s approach this season with the hope-filled optimism that emanates from our faith in a God who always provides for our needs.

Let us seize the opportunities that naturally come with these kinds of organizational transitions – opportunities to serve, opportunities to encourage our current leaders, and opportunities for new leaders to rise up and step into their next phase of spiritual growth.

And let us continue to be the faithful presence of Jesus to our friends and neighbors.

“Sometimes God brings times of transition to create transformation.”

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