Tonight, we vote for a new pastor. I have heard so many things about what can happen to churches when the pastor resigns and a new one is selected. I have even heard that in our own church history- long before Pastor Elms- that it was not the best process either.
As we prepare to vote this evening, I must say that our church has done wonderful. You always will have individuals who suddenly feel the need to try and control things and tell others what to do in the absence of a definitive leader; however, for the most part, their heads have not swollen so large that they have floated away.
There have been no major ‘splits’, divisive factions, or cancerous speech that has threatened to divide the unity that we have enjoyed for so many years. I can truly say- in spite of those ridiculous few who are old enough to know better- our church is healthy and thankfully still unified!
I believe the fact that we have come through this ordeal with our unity still in tact is a testament to our previous pastor, as Bro. Russo, our District Superintendent, said it would be.
I am very excited for Life Tabernacle and the future that lies ahead for her. I am also excited for the many ways that God will bless the Texas District through the leadership of Bishop Elms and his wife.
The slide today is full of pictures of Bishop Elms’ last message, the going away service, and the church dinner afterward.