Hey, epikos! I hope that your summer has been going well. We started this summer with a sermon about how to make this season count. Whether it’s reaching out to someone new, spending time serving your neighborhood or the church, or growing in prayer, our hope has been that all of us would continue to answer the call of becoming better disciples throughout this summer.
The epikos staff is in full summer-mode. The first round of Equip-U classes have finished, with July’s classes just getting started (join us on any Tuesday from 7-8:30p at the West Allis Campus). Pastor Ryan and the Small Groups & Discipleship team have been working hard to get next year’s small group study guide completed. Our community partnerships at each campus continue to develop deeper connections. And we are prayerfully finalizing plans for the next ministry year!
The lead pastor transition process is going smoothly. The position has been posted online through our partner, Vanderbloemen Search Group, and applications have been coming in. The Overseers will be hearing from Vanderbloemen this month with an update on how that process is going. By mid-August, the Overseers will provide an update to the church, outlining the interview phase of the process. Please continue to keep the Overseers in your prayers as they seek the wisdom of the Father.
Beyond that, I wanted to take the opportunity with this month’s lead pastor update to simply remind us of our place in the story. To be clear, the story is God’s story. It’s about him. It’s for him. We have a part in it, but it’s for his glory. The staff and Overseers have been reflecting on this the past few weeks. As in all things, God is at work in many ways, through many circumstances, on many levels. While the search for our new lead pastor may seem of utmost importance to us, God may be doing other things in this transition that have consequences that we’ll never know: someone who will apply to be the Lead Pastor and will not be offered the role, but for whom God uses this time as preparation for a new season of discipleship and service; someone who will be planting a church in Kentucky in partnership with Converge Mid-America and Pastor Danny. The list of possibilities is endless.
The point that God has been making to me is this: this time of leader transition is formative for epikos, but it is much farther reaching than we tend to consider. So, let us not think too small! Over these next few months, may we be a people who exalt the name of God because of what he has done, is doing, and will do across Milwaukee, across this country, and around the world. May we be a people who are grateful for the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, encouraging and convicting us. And may we be a people who exude the peace that passes all understanding as we rest in the hands of the only one who is in control.