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The People Stand
Where there is no guidance, a people falls
Proverbs 11:14

The passage above continues: but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.  Yet I also love the way Eugene Peterson translated those same lines: Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.  And our chances are excellent, I must say!  That is, our chances of moving towards a successful tenure for PPPC’s next installed pastor seem exceptionally good at the moment – because of the many people providing wise counsel and quality input in our present journey.

All of this is by way of saying “thank you” to the seventy or so people who gave of their time to be part of our “Landmarks for Navigation” event just eleven days ago.  Gathering around tables, sharing insights regarding key questions and opportunities: this really was a constructive time building towards a coherent vision that can be used in the pastor seeking process.  Speaking on behalf of the entire Transition Team, I can say we are so very grateful to all of you – for those of you who came, and for those who offered your prayers even if you were unable to attend.  It was a strong step forward, and you can look forward to hearing of the ensuing steps in the very near future.

And what will those steps look like?  One element that will remain constant is that of seeking “an abundance of counselors,” sharing “wise counsel” together.  Why?

Again, the Scriptures provide great insight.  Long ago Solomon observed:By yourself you’re unprotected.With a friend you can face the worst.Can you round up a third?A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped(Ecclesiastes 4:12).Perhaps it is in line with this insight that we see Jesus conferring with Moses and Elijah as he makes his way to the cross (Matthew 17:3).  And then the ‘conference in Jerusalem’ in Acts 17 as the question is broached about Gentiles entering the Christian enterprise without the necessity of Jewish cultural practices.  The strength and wisdom of the group seems a consistent theme.

Therefore – even though the culmination of this leg of the journey (the anticipated election of a pastor nominating committee) is coming within sight, the conversations will continue – that PPPC can continue to stand strong for many years to come.  We covet the prayerful participation of each one along the way.  In conversation with you, then, I seek to continue…

In His Service,

Steve

P.S.  For more complete information on the pastoral calling process, follow (or copy and paste) this link

https://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/clc/pdfs/callingpastor.pdf