A Christian Article on Church Transition


A Christian Article on Church Transition

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Pastor Steven Birnie

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Most of our regular readers will know that for the past two years, Sharon and I have taken a more relaxed role in our primary call of Pastoring within our local church due to the birth of our long awaited and long promised by God, Emily and David. It’s been a time of ups and downs as you’d expect, with thoroughly enjoying our babies on one hand and on the other, being challenged in our Christian lives on almost every level. We’ve learned so much and many changes have taken place including the subject of this article, which I’ll explain tonight as part of keeping our friends, visitors and customers up to date with where we are in our ministry for the Lord.
 
Like I said, Pastoring in our local church for us is our primary call in the Lord in which everything else (other than family) comes second and it’s a commitment we made some time ago, to continue serving God in this area both with what energy and time we have, as well as what we feel the Lord allows us to do according to his will. We’ve seen many changes in our lives during our relaxed role including us moving to Pastor in a church more local to us as a family, it was a surprising move however as we’ve learned in the Lord, you just follow his instructions as he’ll have good reason for his decision.
 
It’s been a difficult move in many ways and we have struggled to adjust to our new role, not because of the people there or the way things

Me and my wee girl Emily

Me and my wee girl Emily

are done, more just having had to leave the assembly we’ve been a part of for some time. It’s an assembly we were saved in, baptised in, married and set forward to Pastor, it’s a ministry we poured our heart, soul and finances into investing our own time, energy and resources into it’s vision. Having had to leave, well it just leaves you with a sense disappointment on one hand and on the other, excitement in what God is doing through the members of our local church.

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Being honest though, the sense of disappointment has been the overriding sense with both myself and Sharon over the months and the reason why we’ve had a little trouble putting that season behind us to enjoy the new. When you’ve been a part of a particular assembly for some time, it’s not just as easy as all that to put behind you the people and the hopes and dreams you had together, it’s not something you can switch off however we’re beginning to feel we can more and more everyday. God encourages us to forget those things which are before and press on which is the goal but often reaching that scriptural goal, is easier said than done.
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I shared this tonight not just to keep our friends and visitors up to date but to also encourage any who are experiencing the same thing in their Christian lives at the moment, indeed we always hope that by being as open as possible, that some may be blessed by our own experiences, whether they be good or bad. The Christian life can be difficult at times and there’s certainly leadings from God you follow, even though you don’t understand at the time and you’ll never become immune, no matter how experienced you become, from God challenging you to grow. If you are a Christian who is in a situation where you’re in a bit of a transitional period, then I pray you take heart, that there are many who experience and are experiencing the same thing.
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God bless
Pastor Steven and Sharon Birnie
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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.