This will be my last blog as pastor of St. Barnabas.
I will be retiring at the end of June 2016. As I leave this ministry I am deeply thankful to God and to the people of St. Barnabas.
To God, for the call and support through 39 years of ministry as pastor in congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) before that. To the people and friends of St. Barnabas, for the joys, opportunities, challenges, and routines of ministry here among you and for the pastoral relationships and friendships that developed.
Personally it was a very difficult choice to retire, but also now a great feeling to be going from one good time of life to another.
I’m confident that St. Barnabas has a great future ahead! I will pray for you, and please pray for me and Lanet as we go into the next chapter of our lives. We will be staying in Cary but will no longer be with St. Barnabas. This is in accord with church guidelines, in part to be clear that I am no longer pastor here.
Here’s the process for the coming months: the synod suggests an interim pastor to provide guidance and pastoral care for the congregation until a new pastor is called. A call committee is appointed by the St. Barnabas Council to do the ground work and interviewing. There’s a self-study process to identify the priorities and needs for the future ministries of St. Barnabas. This will guide the call committee in selecting the pastor to recommend to the congregation.
Eventually the call committee will recommend someone to the Council, a congregational meeting will be scheduled, and the congregation can vote on calling the person.
Meanwhile, for a baptism, wedding, or funeral, or if in need of a pastor, please call the church office at 847-639-3959 and the connection can be made.
Also, please note: to email the pastor of St. Barnabas, please use firstname.lastname@example.org. The stbpastor gmail address will be discontinued.
Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as pastor of St. Barnabas for almost 8 years!
God bless you in many ways—especially may you experience God’s grace and love, hope and joy; and may the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!
— Pastor John Cunningham