Pastor John Allen
I’m happy to be with you as your interim Lead Pastor. I’ve had a few brief moments to share with you since I arrived here on December 18, driving from Great Falls, Montana, and dodging winter storms.
First, I want to thank Colleen Jacobson for housing me while we waited for a townhouse to be available, and then to all who helped move and provide furniture. My wife and I will be very comfortable there during our time here.
Now a little about myself and my family: Yes, Ruth and I currently own a home in Great Falls, MT, though we’ve spent more time recently in Minnesota. My most recent interim ministry was with Good Shepherd Lutheran in Rochester. We were there nearly two years and had a very positive and productive relationship with that congregation and staff. After a six-week rest at home, we are back and ready to start afresh with you.
While we were in Montana, Ruth’s 94-year-old mother suffered a broken thigh bone while in a nursing home in Kalispell, MT. We rushed there for the surgery, and Ruth has been with her since then. I look forward to the time when she can join me here. We have three grown children and three grandchildren, whom I hope you will meet in due time.
Please expect that this will be a longer and more productive interim than you have experienced in the past. While serving on your staff in ministry, I will be giving special attention to the leadership of the congregation as we tend to five developmental tasks of interim ministry. Namely: coming to terms with the past, exploring your identity and direction, making helpful leadership changes, renewing relationships with the larger church, and committing to new leadership and direction. That may sound technical, but we will be as open and cooperative as we can in this work, and I believe we will be happy with the results.
I but I look forward to our time together and ask your willing cooperation in the work that we have ahead. I’m happy to say that Pastor Nirmala has also agreed to stay on with us as part-time assistant pastor. She and I will work closely with the talented staff you already have in place.
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