Dear LSU Wesley Friends & Family,
In the Methodist tradition, ministers serve within the “itinerant system,” meaning that our Bishop and her Cabinet move ministers to different churches as suit their gifts and graces. After three years at Wesley for me, and five years at University United Methodist Church for my wife, Colleen, the Bishop and Cabinet are reappointing us to the next step in our ministerial journey.
With the Bishop’s blessing, we will spend next year exploring a call to international service. We don’t know whether that calling will lead us to be missionaries, or pastor an international, English-speaking congregation, or even lead to serving international people stateside, but for next year we will be appointed “on loan” from Louisiana to a congregation overseas. Though we don’t yet have an appointment to announce, we promise to keep you updated when we know more.
While Colleen and I are thrilled about this new chapter in our lives, it’s also deeply bittersweet. As I tell my students, I get to work with the future lay and ordained leaders of our Church every day, and that’s very hard to leave, even if it is diving into a calling that’s been around your whole life. Please know that the LSU Wesley Board, including our District Superintendent and student representatives, are working hard to find our next Director.
In the meantime, I’ll still be serving at Wesley through June 30th. Please be in prayer for our Wesley community, who will face challenges as they always do, with poise, faith, and laughter. Pray for our next Director, and our Board in their discernment. And please pray for Colleen and me as we make our transition out of places we love into an exciting new stage of life.
Finally, I’d like to invite you to join me in praying the Wesley Covenant Prayer, a favorite of mine and especially pertinent to me right now:
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Grace and peace,