Thoughts From Your Regional Minister
Written By Steve Martin, Regional Minister & President
How does one sum up the work and events of 24 years? I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and reflecting on my ministry over these last few years. My decision to retire was not easy, yet I know it is the right time for me to step aside.
As I look back, I am amazed at how different the region is today. Life changes whether we like it or not. Some changes are good, and some not so. Yet in all of it we can find confidence in the promise that God is with us! That gives me comfort and peace.
I have never regretted my decision to accept the call to serve as one of the regional ministers for the Kansas region. I’ve found challenges again and again. I’ve found support and care from those in our congregations. I’ve enjoyed the care and support of staff members who share the same commitment to serving the ministries of the church. All of these have brought me both great satisfaction and even a sense of empowerment. I have no regrets and I have been blessed over these past 24 years.
When August 31 comes, I will miss many things. I will miss meeting people in congregational visits (during COVID-19 these are perhaps my biggest loss). I will miss the relationships we have developed together. I will definitely miss the camp and all those who have been present helping in various ways, including the campers and their laughter and energy and enthusiasm for their time in that important space. I know there will be other things I miss, but most importantly, I will know that the work of the region continues and that it is in the good hands of both volunteers and staff.
Kansas is a very good place to serve in the church. I hope and pray that new faces will be present in regional church work. I also hope and pray that all will dedicate themselves to helping to build God’s kingdom, knowing that together we will find faithfulness and God’s blessings.
Thank you again and again for all your care and support. God bless you each and every one!