Jesus is Calling
Pastor Larry Schram
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.