Pastor’s Corner – August 14, 2016

You have perhaps noticed the announcement of a job opening here at St. Paul’s.  We are advertising for a Finance and Facilities Coordinator.  (Check out the job description at )  Let me share a bit of information about what has brought us to this point.

As you know, over the past year we have had some staff changes in our office – and, of course, with my retirement next year, we anticipate more changes as well.  Personnel changes often provide an opportunity for an organization to review job requirements and needs.  They also provide an opportunity to look at ‘how we’ve always done things’ in new ways.  Over the past year – and particularly over this summer – we have been doing exactly that. In the process, some of us have taken on added responsibilities. Others have expressed an interest in new opportunities. Our Staff Parish Relations Committee has helped us assess skills and needs and develop appropriate job descriptions.  All of that has resulted in the current job opening.

The position for which we are advertising has not existed here before in exactly this form.  Let me assure you that Sue McNicol will continue as our Parish Administrator but some of her current duties will shift to the new position and she will assume some program responsibilities, especially in the area of Adult Ministry.  Tyler will assume other program responsibilities.  In particular, Tyler will be working with a team of people in a process called the ‘Whole Church Initiative’ which is designed to help us assess where we are and how God may be calling us as we move into a new and exciting future.   The responsibility for communications (i.e. bulletin, newsletter, social media, website) is shared by Sue, Tyler and Renata. 

As we move into the ministry year, Lynn will be continuing her amazing work as our Coordinator of Children’s Ministries as well as overseeing our Caring Ministries and the Wednesday Night Dinner program. Mel Brandle will be continuing as our Interim Youth Coordinator.

Overall, the desire in our assessing and planning and reorganizing in the office has been to be good stewards of our resources – and creative in looking at possibilities. We all know that this year will bring changes . . . it already has!  But, change, though difficult sometimes, also brings opportunity for growth and new life.  And, I trust that is exactly what is in store for the amazing community of St. Paul’s and the larger community we call HUMM (Helena United Methodist Ministries).

So, if you are interested, do check out the job description and consider whether you are being called to be part of our ministry at this exciting time! 

            Grace and peace,