P.O. Box 206 302 South Main Street Gainesboro, Tennessee 38562 (931) 268-4771 Office
Gainesboro First UMC
Monday, May 20, 2019
"A Caring Community of Faith"

Pastor's Desk

   

Pastor Tim Dunavant, Josh, Staci, and Mikayla

 

 

“And Christ gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry,

for the edifying of the body of Christ”                      

 

Ephesians 4:11-12

 

 

 

 

 

            I and my family are overjoyed to know that we will get to spend another year here in Gainesboro. Our projected appointment is to continue here for at least one more year, but we are actively praying that the Lord will leave us here several years. We absolutely love the people and the community here. And I really believe that we have an opportunity to do something wonderful for the kingdom of God. But even as I write that, I know that one day we will be called away to a different community. When I think of the relationships that we have built here and the people that I look forward to talking with on a weekly basis, this idea breaks my heart. But it is part of what we are called to. As sad as that statement can be it is important to continue repeating it. The job of a church is missional. And for the sake of the mission of the church we all need to constantly be reminded that the pastor will one day change.

 

            I constantly have people tell me that they really enjoy and are excited by the work that we are doing in this community. While that is a great encouragement, I also know that work must go on long after I leave. Do you like the holy week services? Then you better work to organize them now so that you can keep that flame going whether I’m here or not. Did you enjoy being part of the Christmas store? What about the Poke Sallet events? The men’s breakfast?

 

            Make no mistake about it, one day I will leave, and a new pastor will come. They will have new ideas and new ministries they will seek to build. It will not be their job to come and manage the existing activities. So, whose job is it? Actually, it’s yours. Paul reminds us in the 4th chapter of Ephesians that it is our job as pastors to equip you, the saints, for the work of ministry. That means it’s my job to work myself out of a job. It’s my job to help the individuals within the congregation to take the reins on everything we do.

 

            As much as I love this community, I do not fear leaving Gainesboro. What I fear is leaving before I have successfully handed off the incredibly fruitful ministries that we have been involved in together. If there are things that only I can do, what happens if I am sick? Or after I leave? Our itinerant system is a great reminder that all our ministries must be lay led. That doesn’t mean laity take over when the pastor leaves. The work of ministry belongs to the saints. I praise God for the wonderful saints that have be leading these ministries so far and I know that they need your help. Are you not sure how you can help? Stop by the office and let’s talk about it.