Pastor Steve's Retirement Letter
If you were at services yesterday then you know that January 31, 2018 will be my last day. I am retiring from full-time pastoral ministry moving on to fulfill goals that I have been working on for some time. My time at First Presbyterian has not only been fulfilling but has inspired me. You have taught me to care about our community in ways I have not considered. You have provided me with a plethora of examples of how to treat one another and what a church should be doing to fulfill its mission. But not only the above you gave me a place to work and work out my ideas regarding the ministry of Christ. In other words, you helped me grow into being a better pastor.
In the next two months I will be working with all the committees to ensure a smooth transition as the session works on securing an Interim Pastor. The presbytery will be working with you in choosing someone for this temporary position. In the mean time I will do what I can to fill the necessary pulpit supply for February and March. I sincerely hope that you continue with the plans to remodel Richardson Hall because of its necessity for the future of our programs.
My immediate plans are to go to Boise to visit my son, Nathan, and his wife for a few weeks. We will then fly to Washington, DC at the beginning of March for the arrival of our first grandchild. We will be staying a month, and then returning home. Upon our return I will begin working on some unfinished writing and then move on to research a paper on a sociological perspective of the church in the 21st century. I will also be looking for a chance to work in a struggling church to help them find their future. I plan to only work part-time assuring myself time to work on my writing projects. Of course, Chris and I plan to travel but only as time and money allow. We will also be preparing to sell our house and downsize to someplace close.
It is the Presbytery’s policy, as well as my personal one, not to interfere with the life of the church upon my departure. I will not be able to participate in church functions, come to worship or engage in memorials or weddings, at least for one year. After that I would only be able to engage in these events upon the pastor’s request. I will not violate these policies seeing firsthand how a pastor’s interference can be disastrous for the future of a church.
I pray for your continued growth and joy in the Lord. I also thank you for the years you allowed me to serve you, while enjoying your friendship. Chris and I will let you know what we are doing in the future and our new address when we move.
All my gratitude,