Jesus is Calling

Pastor Larry Schram

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My friends, Jesus is calling.

In a way that I cannot deny, Jesus has called me to embrace a new ministry role and a new beginning in a new location. We did not seek this call and therefore repeatedly tested it with the Lord seeking confirmation. He provided that confirmation with incredible clarity and consistency. Even so, it has not been an easy process because we love SBC, our friends, neighbourhood and the Okanagan. Our SBC family is richly blessed and we are excited about the future and all the possibilities. The choice before us is to stay in a great church with wonderful people that God is blessing or follow the Holy Spirit’s clear leading in simple obedience away from this church family. After encouraging people for years to simply follow the Lord when he leads I cannot do less than that now. The call to a new beginning is that clear to us and therefore we have said yes.

What have we said yes to?

I will become the British Columbia and Yukon Regional Minister for the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada as of September 1st. As such I will be the first responder to churches and pastors in transition, change and crisis. I am being called to work with our Baptist churches and leaders in British Columbia and the Yukon and that calling does excite me. Being able to encourage pastors and churches to greater levels of health, faithfulness and intentionality is a wonderful opportunity. In addition I get to come back to SBC from time to time to let you know what’s happening in our larger family of churches. There is in fact only one problem: we need to say goodbye to you; a people and a place that we love-----and move to the lower mainland.

Over the last few weeks as we have been praying and seeking clarity and confirmation we have heard the Lord speak to us again and again to trust and follow him; to hear his clear call and step forward in faithful obedience. Therefore our time at SBC is coming to a close. I will continue to encourage, lead and serve to the best of my ability until Sunday July 30th. Then a new chapter of ministry will begin for us all.

Jesus is calling us all to a new beginning and we will follow him into the future he has for us.

Larry Schram

Comments (5)

  • Peter & Nel Tamminga

    01 May 2017 at 10:47 | #

    We come to Summerland on a regular basis and one of our highlights always is to worship at SBC and hear Larry preach! Your wonderful down to earth preaching showed us your passion for bringing the Lord's love and message to all. We will thoroughly miss your friendly smile and God's messages through your sermons.
    However, the Lord is calling you to a new chapter of ministry. We pray for God's richest blessings as you utilize your God given leadership in a new direction. May God's love shine through everything you do as you assist in furthering His kingdom!
    Blessings

    Peter & Nel

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  • Mary Dyk

    24 April 2017 at 21:59 | #

    Congratulations, looking forward to working with you

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  • Ken Wilde

    24 April 2017 at 16:17 | #

    That is great news. I know you two will be great. I am so glad that I got to know you, if it wasn't for you Larry I might not be in the place I am, thank you. Where will you be moving too?

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  • nancy fletcher

    24 April 2017 at 14:05 | #

    I can not think of a better Pastor than you for this new position. Selfishly we all hate to se you leave but it is clear that God had a bigger plan. I wish you well and many blessings as you transition into this new roll. Thank you for always making me feel welcome. All the very best always.
    With love in Christ. Nancy

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  • Dale Schatz

    24 April 2017 at 11:38 | #

    You will both be missed. I am sure God will bless you as you follow him.

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