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PASTOR TRANSITION

Council Members

President                                                                                Cody Novosad

VicePresident/ Evangelism                                              Devin Gerland

Secretary                                                                               Tiffany Parkin

Treasurer                                                                               Vince Neal

Membership                                                                         MaryAnne Rodgers

Congregational Life                                                           Lisa Blum

Property                                                                                 Jaxton McNair

Education                                                                              Shawn Faust

Worship                                                                                 Gabbo Goetsch

Financial Secretary                                                           John Hoffman

As Elizabeth Lutheran Church transitions to their next pastor, let us remember the following: 

  • The church belongs to Jesus—not to us . We need to be willing to set aside our feelings and do what is best for the church.

“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).​

  • The church is permanent, we are not. Pastors die, retire, resign, or transition to other ministries, but the church goes on.

  • Every pastor is an interim pastor. The Lord allows pastors to have seasons of ministry. The length of those seasons will vary by church and by men. But there is both a beginning and an ending point of their ministry at that church.

  • Churches without pastors are vulnerable. The prayer of Moses and the prayer of Jesus emphasize this fact:

“Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd” (Numbers 27:16-17).

“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:35-38).

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