September marks the halfway point in my Ministry Residency, and I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on the year and to say thank you to everyone at UBC for your feedback, your patience, and your friendship during the past year. I am especially grateful to Michael for his willingness to be open with me about what pastoral ministry is like from the inside, with all its ups and downs. I’ve also learned so much from working with Bob and Alba, and I am grateful to the entire staff for letting me truly feel like part of the team while I am here. The entire congregation has been incredibly gracious as we figure out together what exactly a Ministry Residency is and how it works at UBC. Finally, thank you to the Lay Support Team for your guidance and insightful questions along the way.
Looking back on the year, I am struck by the momentous events that punctuate my experience here: being ordained, baptizing one of our youth, leading a trip to Israel, officiating at three weddings, partnering with the Children’s Hospital to host the Touch-A-Truck event, and more. Yet I am equally grateful for the quieter moments: sharing meaningful conversations in the hallways, having lunch with college students, posting pictures on UBC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, presiding over the Lord’s Supper, hanging out with youth on the Mission Trip, and tinkering with meeting agendas.
This year has been an amazing introduction into church ministry, both the flashy parts and the humbler parts behind the scenes. With this year of experience beneath my feet, I am excited for the year ahead, as we continue to minister together to the needs of our congregation and our world.