June 14, 2019

Beloved Wellspring Ohana and friends,

For some of us, the idea of change is exciting. For others of us, change feels like loss. Sometimes it’s a mixture of both. As a parent, I know that change is not only inevitable for my kids, but also a sign of health. I might complain about how big they’re getting, but I don’t actually want them to stop growing, at least not yet!

What other things grow when they are healthy? Relationships. Churches. Friendships. The Kingdom of Heaven among us grows too, as we see in Matt. 13, which Pastor Dale preaches on today. Here at Wellspring, there are 3 particular areas where growth is resulting in changes, some you’ll see right away, and others still to come.

As mentioned in the bulletin letter last Sunday, Pastor Dale will be taking a five-month sabbatical as discerned through conversations with Wellspring’s Servant Leadership Council (SLC) and pastoral team. Pastor Dale will be resting, reflecting, recovering, and discerning ways he can continue to be fruitful. We all sense that God is calling him to a deeper and more intensive season of inner attention. As we release Pastor Dale to this season of inner change, we also sense God’s moving to renewed life in other areas of our community.

An area we sense God’s moving to renew us is among Wellspring’s Children and Youth ministries. After we discerned God’s leading in Pastor Dale’s life, the SLC and pastoral team felt led to hire short-term staff to collaborate with us in Pastor Dale’s absence. Specifically, we felt led to intentionally invest in our children and youth ministries. Amazingly, God provided not one, but two mature leaders, former pastors themselves, to serve alongside Wellspring’s pastoral team as ministry resource leaders. Both Jensen Kalua and Wellspring’s very own T.J. Breshears will be serving as Youth and Children’s ministry resource leaders during the 5 months Pastor Dale is on sabbatical. Jensen will focus his attention on Wellspring’s youth and their leaders, resourcing, encouraging, and developing them into further growth. T.J. will do the same with the children’s ministry. Pastor Cheryl and I are looking forward to collaborating alongside such seasoned leaders over these next few months.

To be expected in any season of growth are also challenges, situations that stretch us and encourage us to listen well to God and to each other. As you may know, our building lease is projected to substantially increase in 2020. I’m glad to say that a building and lease team has been re-assembled and is meeting to research options and develop strategies to address this challenge. We will be hearing more from them over the next few months.

In this time of change and growth, it’s important that we lean in to each other and to God. Please feel free to bring your honest feelings, hopes and questions to discuss with the pastoral team and Servant Leadership Council. If you miss a sermon during your summer travels, please catch up on the Wellspring podcast so as not to miss out what’s happening in our community.

God says in Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” God works in and through change, bringing new fruitfulness and growth sometimes even in unexpected places. These coming months, I’m looking forward to seeing how God does this in our beloved Wellspring community.

Yours in the Kingdom,

Pastor Rebecca

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