As this year of internship finishes, I am reflecting on my experiences here at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Iowa City. I have been challenged and encouraged to grow into the pastor I am called to be, and this has happened through all of you. I am so grateful for this chance to learn from all of you and to see just a glimpse of the amazing ministry God is doing through you all.
When I began this year of internship, I was so excited and nervous to begin this phase of the journey. I had studied in the classroom, but this was a new time, a time of greater leadership and responsibility. A time of deeper exploration of what it means to be called to ordained ministry. A time to experiment and explore, and to walk with a congregation through the joys and sorrows that come over the course of a year. To see the “day in and day out” of church leadership, and to witness how this congregation lives faithfully in the community. I am exceptionally grateful for the chance to see how the LEAD process works. I plan to take what I have learned from participating in a LEAD process to any congregation I serve in the future.
Thank you all for your part in this experience. For walking with me as I have grown in confidence. For bearing with me as I lost my voice so often at the beginning, and for celebrating with me as my voice grew stronger and stronger. Thank you for experimenting with me through different sermon presentations, through different styles of teaching, through suffering together through making over three hundred pieces of origami together… Thank you for affirming my call to ordained ministry and for helping me to grow into my own pastoral identity. Thank you for supporting Pastor Connie and the time commitment that it took for her to have an intern as well. To those who are a part of the initial test group of home communion visitors as part of my internship project. To my internship committee for their dedication to giving me feedback and support throughout this year. To all of you who have prayed for this ministry and for the new leaders in the church. Thank you for your ministry of support, and hospitality. Thank you for blessing me through this time of internship.
As we part, my prayer for you is that you continue to be a blessing to each other and to the world as you have been to me.