This month, I have reached a meaningful ministry milestone and also began pioneering a new ministry role. Here are some reflections on both. Thanks for your interest in my life!
1. Recent Ordination
On Monday night, my Ordination was approved by a FEB Ordination Council and then enacted by High Park Baptist Church leadership. I am thankful to supporters and praising God upon this ministry milestone of Ordination. It is an honour to be formally and fully set apart for the Baptist ministry in Canada among our FEB association’s many amazing Pastors, Chaplains and Missionaries! :)
The difference that ordination makes is both objective and subjective: ability to officiate marriages in Ontario; ascribed the Reverend title (Rev.); access to discounted golf at some golf courses on Mondays; meaningful peer recognition and affirmation of my calling. It is somewhat comparable to a lawyer passing their bar exam or a thesis defence for an academic. Ordination is a meaningful ministry milestone for which I thank God. Rev. Dr. Darryl Dash gave a memorable charge to me from 1 Timothy 1:12-17.
2. New Ministry Role
I am grateful to have learned so much as I have served the Lord as Lead Pastor at High Park Baptist Church from 2008-2012. I am grateful and motivated for the opportunity to continue serving the Lord among the newly merged community of his people called Westminster Chapel at High Park (WC@HP), which I started on October 1, 2012. My new role at WC@HP is Pastor of Community Outreach and Institutional Chaplaincy. Click here is my staff profile on the Westminster Chapel website. Take some time to read about the church by exploring the website. In the “Institutional Chaplaincy” efforts of my new role, I am “asking, seeking and knocking” for “open doors” of ministry with the following groups. Please pray for contacts, discernment, wisdom and favour in exploring service to/with:
- Clergy of all religions.
- Political Agencies, Parties and Leaders.
- Secular Business Leadership through BIAs and direct visits.
- Hospitals and Health Centres (UHN, CAMH, etc).
- Schools, Universities & Libraries.
- Police, Fire, EMS and Canadian Forces.
- Other NGOs. (Habitat For Humanity, etc)
Many initial indicators of the church amalgamation all point towards beneficial results for the faithful “flocks” and the broader community because two churches choose creative partnership through crisis. Come by and experience worship among us one of these autumn Sundays at 10:30am! I hope that the newly merged churches can carry out more for the Gospel as one new community together than we could as two independent communities. I am enjoying the teammates in the staff and the opportunity to specialize in an area of passion and gifting! :) During the transition, I have been praying the following Biblical benedictions as pastoral “wish-hopes” for all people who are interested, impacted and involved in the positive changes:
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” – Romans 15:5-7
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13
“May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” – Romans 15:33
Thanks for reading my reflections on my new ministry role and recent Ordination in this edition of the RumBlog.
Adam aka Reverend Rumball, Pastor of Community Outreach and Institutional Chaplaincy.