For those who are interested… and to follow up on a previous post from eight months ago… my father has accepted a call to serve as the senior pastor at First Evangelical Free Church in Bismarck, North Dakota. Mom and Dad will begin their service there on Easter Sunday 2012.
As I reflect on the past eight months, I am persuaded that Southwest Community Church is a good, faithful, Bible-teaching church whose presence in the Valley is crucial to the mission of God there. It’s clear that God called my dad to Southwest to help the church recover from a devastating financial and leadership crisis. However, I think the church’s newfound financial woes ($1 million behind budget in the past 8 months?) are unsurprising in light of how Dad’s resignation was handled, communicated, and followed up on by the elders. (These are my opinions alone; I speak for no one else). I pray that the Spirit of God will bring deep renewal and reform to Southwest, both theologically and structurally, for the good of its people and for His own glory.