The Church Council has committed itself to up date you on the progress we are making in regards to the calling of a minister to join the ministry team at St Mungo’s.
Following Kingsley’s death last year we had a service of memory conducted by the Rev Dr Leon Klein, it was helpful during the time of grief and mourning that we were able to reflect and share stories of Kingsley’s ministry impact on us and St Mungo’s.
We also started putting things in place for the formation of a Search Committee. We are making progress: the Council has worked on the framework; identified and are now consulting people to serve on the Search Committee, which has not been an easy process; we have looked at areas of giftedness within the ministerial team to enable us to come to a well defined job description for the minister; we are also engaging the assistance of experienced human resources people to assist us in this area.
The Council is working around the clock to ensure that we are able to have all that we need to present to the congregation at a special meeting in May (date still to be determined) to consider the proposals as the Search Committee will not begin it’s work until it has your endorsement.
Both Mukondi and I had a meeting recently with the Moderators of the Presbytery of Egoli of the UPCSA and the Central Regional Council of the UCCSA, Reverends Christopher Judelsohn and Kelvin Harris and it was agreed in that meeting that once the Search Committee has been constituted a representative of the Liaison Committee (a joint committee of the Presbytery and Regional Council) will serve as an Observer and will keep the Liaison Committee posted on the progress of our Search Committee.
The Council is approaching this matter will all the attention it needs; prayerfully seeking the guidance from our Father and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct us. We pray that you will also continue to pray with us. We give glory to God that He is amazing, holding us together, that His Church continues to function and that His presence is so visible in our lives.
One cannot underestimate the need to be prayerful at this time, considering the intricacies of preparing to extend a call to a minister to join an existing team, in a United Congregation setting. We long that the Father will continue to give us the unity of the Spirit. Paul captures this so well in his letter to the Ephesians: “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.”(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.