In deliberating a call, a few thoughts that guide me:
1.) Jesus is the Senior Pastor of the church, the Presiding Bishop. He holds the day. The church does not live or die by any man except the man Jesus Christ. (What a relief.)
2.) We believe in the Holy Spirit. We wet our finger and hold it up to the wind, discerning the Spirit's direction. I am laying my heart bare before the Spirit of God.
3.) After God himself, the relationship of next priority in my life is Bobbi Jo Cloeter. She's my bride, my queen. I married her before I was a pastor, and I will ensure than any decision has her care in mind.
4.) Regardless of where I serve, I'm convinced the next epoch of the church's mission must center on an old word reclaimed: SENT. Apostle means "sent one"; one sent with the authority of the Sender. I will agitate God's people with this word. You all may regret the nice things you've said about me.
5.) I'm convinced I will have a personal peace begotten from God-given clarity. It will be a stake in the ground. And I will labor with redoubled joy, tenacity, and focus.