FUMC New Albany | 207 East Bankhead | New Albany, MS 38652 | (662) 534-2206

The Pastor’s Pen

This past Sunday I preached on the importance of hearing your call and finding your place in ministry. Did you know that by virtue of your baptism, you are called into ministry with Jesus? Not everyone is an ordained pastor, but we are all ministers by virtue of our baptism.

Many of you reached out early this week and let me know that I struck a nerve. A good nerve I hope and pray! In one conversation, someone reflected, “We do all of these things in church to learn and grow our faith. But we don’t do it just to do it. We do it so that we can be equipped and sent out for ministry.”

Can I hear an “amen?”

I want to challenge you this week to peruse the blue newsletter, but not as usual. After you’ve read it casually, intentionally go through the blue letter and count how many ways there are to be involved in the life and ministry of our church. After you text me the number you come up with, I challenge you to find one and jump in with both feet!

One great way to be in ministry is to be part of a Sunday School class. Our Sunday School classes do so much ministry each and every week that we never hear about. Remember, if you are not currently involved in a Sunday School class, Mike Alef is starting a new adult class soon. Please consider this opportunity, as being a Methodist means being part of a smaller group that grows in faith and ministry together. Call me or the church office to get on the interest list!

These are good days at FUMC New Albany. Trust that I am honored to be your pastor and always here for you when you need me.