Dear North Creek Presbyterian Church,
It is a joy to be serving with you during this season of transition. After just one week, I am impressed by your creativity and persistence, as well as your deep commitment to one another. I look forward to working with you as we look towards a hopeful future for NCPC.
I grew up in a vibrant congregation that helped to shape my journey of faith. And I grew up in a family that prioritized honesty and open conversation, and the courage to ask for help—whether it was a tough task or a life changing decision. I’m grateful for the way both my family and my family of faith supported my journey into pastoral work, and the way they both shaped my love for leading in times of change.
I have served in full time pastoral ministry for more than 25 years and remember God’s call to church leadership as early as my young teen years. This call took root and has grown through God’s faithfulness and leading in many different seasons of life ~ a music degree at Grinnell College, pastoral training from Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.), parish ministry, and time serving overseas. I also have training and experience in children’s, youth, and adult ministries, transitional ministry, and church re-development. With a love for learning and expanding my toolbox, I am currently pursuing a D.Min. focused on leading change in congregations and organizations.
Pastoral transitions are difficult. But they are also times of exploration and discernment, a time where the congregation can seek the Lord’s leading in new ways as you lean into hope for what is yet to come. Your Session is working hard as they listen and lead in this moment. They continue to work diligently on plans for a safe and gradual re-opening of the building for worship and are fulfilling their call to care for the spiritual nurture of this congregation. Your Deacons are working to provide care and comfort as we all find ourselves in this unique 2020 moment.
Over the next few weeks, you will be hearing more from me about how we can talk about your experience of the past few months, opportunities for reconciliation and healing, and how we can listen together for God’s leading into the future. Please join me in praying for us. Please pray for your congregation’s elected leaders who are working hard for you. Please pray for the staff who is serving with creativity and enthusiasm in unprecedented times. Please pray for one another—for grace and peace to lead us as we work together in this time of transition.
Pastor Heather James