Today was Audrey's last day on staff at New Hope. Starting with part-time and moving to full-time, Audrey has served on staff as the Director of Lay Ministries for five years. We are going to miss her.
Audrey's passion as long as I have known her has been to help people find the mission in their life that is fruitful and fulfilling. She has done that at New Hope since she joined the church. She did it while she was an Elder and continued with that ministry while she was on staff.
Now Audrey is taking that same passion to a new arena. She is starting a new ministry that works with business people who are trying to bring Christ to work with them. Her "Success Connections" group focused on independant business people, sole proprieters and those who spend a lot of their working day on their own. There is a huge need there. God and Audrey are trying to meet it.
One of the questions I get is, "Who will we get to replace Audrey?" My response is typically, "We aren't going to try to replace Audrey." So much of Audrey's job description evolved around her gifts and talents, it would be silly to try to find the same thing in another person. Not only that, but Audrey's job description was in the process of some major changes even before the decision to start a new ministry.
There is a great need in our congregation and area to help connect people to significant realtionships within the church. Whether it is a Home Group, a Support Group, a Ministry Team or something else, we are looking for ways to connect folks into a places where they are known, encouraged, challenged and supported in their Christian life. Our Personnel Committee is looking at ways to find someone who can help us do that, while at the same time maintain the efforts to connect people into a place of service and ministry.
We'll hear more about that in the future. For now, I want to say 'Thank you' to Audrey for the last five years at New Hope. We are a better church because of her and her ministry. we are looking forward to what God is going to do next in her life and at New Hope.