All of these things are great signs. The concerns and questions show people really care about the church and deeply want it to succeed. The positive energy shows what has been there all along, yet remained under the surface. Now that we’ve uncovered it, we’re all addicted to it. What a great thing to be addicted to!
One concern I keep hearing is that all this positive excitement will fall when I leave. This is a normal concern because we all believe “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But whether not this church loses its excitement is not dependent on me. Some are convinced it is, but experience has shown time after time, it’s not the minister – it’s the congregation. So it’s up to you. I believe this congregation will continue to thrive, to grow and to be an exciting place to belong. If you believe this, then the presence of one minister or another will not make a lot of difference.
God has called you into being “a church”. You are answering the call. Keep up the great work! All of heaven is celebrating and all the saints of this church who have gone on before are smiling down upon you. Well done good and faithful servants!