Ordinance Part 2

On Tuesday night, parish nominators had our informal meeting with Rob and Deryck. It was great, though not surprising, to hear the diocese has the same mind set as the parish. In terms of decision making, everything seems to be in gear, and it is just a matter of formality to have it all wrapped up properly. There is no need to flip through the year book, sit through candidates' sermons and have lengthy interview process. In this regard, we are very fortunate.

Then last night we had our "interview" with Paul. He talked about our parish's current situation, what are the issues, what he thinks as solutions, and the direction that we will move into. He also talked about the not-so-clean change over that we had over the last 2-3 years and much personal stuff. I did not partake in much of the discussion, as all these parish decision making business was still quite foreign to me. However, I felt that I have learnt so much about Paul and the University Churches as a whole over this two and half hours of "interview". An eye opening experience, but maybe not something to be excited about...

And Paul needs your prayer, very very seriously. He is only 4 years older than me, which is considered very young as a to-be-Rector in this important ministry, but the responsibility on his shoulder seems to be so heavy. No wonder Josh would not want to touch this position with a 10-foot pole. Neither is Paul willing to carry the burden and handle the stress, but we can't find anyone who is able and willing to replace him...

And our church finance also needs your prayer, equally seriously. Money might not be the root of all evil, but lacking of it seems to be the mother of all troubles (at least in our case). Wouldn't it be nice to have a new staff to off-load administration tasks from long term pastors? Wouldn't it be nice to have an experienced pastor to help out the community church? Wouldn't it be nice to hire someone to just focus on the campus ministry, and doesn't have to worry about the church side of business? Wouldn't it be nice to continue sponsor 30+ MTS workers on campus each year? None of these will be possible without rich funding and stable and positive cash-flow, but we can barely support even our current team. One of Paul's greatest fear is the sudden collapse of this campus ministry due to lack of funding, and I think he might be quite serious about that. It is very different to the era of PDJ, and who will bail us out when we are down? So, trust God and give generously. Please.

It is difficult to see how this whole ministry is struggling held together from a FOCUSer point of view. Much prayer is needed...

There will be one more formal meeting next week, which is the presentation itself, and hopefully that will be the end of my duty, for now.