I learned in my last years of ministry that the past should not be forgotten. When crisis came (and it came often at this particular congregation), I found it interesting how the past was only seen through nostalgic lenses. They could remember robust numbers, money in the bank, and their personal small group making memories. However, they failed to tell the stories of preachers being fired, youth ministers being fired, college ministries being halted, a split that took half the church, moral failures on the part of members and leaders, elders becoming recluse, power struggles, and an overall distaste to really engage the community. They would cry out for 17 years ago and to return to those glory days, not realizing that it was in that same time period when half the church left over a plethora of issues and it being mishandled by the elders and leaders. Because the past was always cherry picked the mistakes made, continued to be made.
So somewhere there is balance. We cannot live in the past or we cannot grasp the present and the future becomes a scary unknown. We cannot forget the past or we continue to make the same mistakes and forget the God who led us through it all. There is a balance and finding it is a continual pursuit.
While there is something coming in m future, I cannot help but be mindful and hopefully honest about my past. So here is the past: I went to ACU for my undergrad and graduated with a Bible degree and youth ministry specialty. I worked while in college as a year-round, full-time youth intern. I started my first youth ministry position a few weeks after college graduation and was there for six years exactly. I began my second youth ministry position directly following that work and served there for six years and three months. Then I began a senior minister position and was there for six years and six months. I was an interim preacher following that position for 8 months. Alongside being an interim preacher I also began real estate and next week will be 4 years and counting. Two years ago in September I joined a ministry where I shepherd pastors.
That is the past with a bit of present sprinkled in. Stay tuned for what the future will be.