Tuesday, November 30, 2010
It's been weeks, and darn near three months. But today, I end my writing drought.
First off, a couple updates on me personally.
The past three months have been busy. I was hired back at Worthington Ag Parts at the beginning of September, right at the beginning of harvest season. Therefore it was a two month sprinted marathon at the store. The weeks were full of long days, short nights, and a lot of Ibuprofen. The last month has been spent doing various inventory stuff. Not quite as tiring, but it still wears on a guy. Now there's white stuff on the ground which dictates many layers. This is honestly the first time I've ever worn Long Johns in the winter time. Hooray for new experiences!
Now, on to the ministry question. Currently, Corrine and I are still "shopping". I know I've written many times on confronting conflict within a church instead of just leaving for another church. But in this extreme case, it seems a must to find our church community elsewhere. Wherever we land, I assure you we will look for ways to contribute to the community instead of just being seat warmers.
One of the churches that we're looking into, Journey, seems pretty promising. It's a far cry from the place where we were. Journey holds their worship service in a local coffee shop, BenLee's (by the way, if you're ever in town, stop and get a Mocha...wonderful!). Journey has a very informal, fellowship focused service. It seems that their focus is not so much in the preaching and teaching from the pulpit, but rather through interaction and community outreach. Corrine and I are going to meet with the pastor sometime in the next couple weeks to talk more on the mission of Journey.
There are a couple other places we're going to check out. But since churches only have a weekly services, it takes time to actually check them out. Hopefully by mid-January we'll know where we'll be going.
So will I go back into full time ministry? Maybe...someday...who knows? Not right now though. If I can be more effective and not be a "minister", then I think that's the route to take. As far as working at the tractor salvage goes, I'm loving it. I like the work, I like the camaraderie with the co-workers, I like being outside and not trapped indoors for 40 hours a week. The pay could be better, but that's what raises are for.
As for me: I am Kyle, I am a youth minister, and I work at Worthington Ag Parts.