With the departure of the Albers family, there is a hole left in the work of Graeber Road. While we pray for Troy, Amy, and Remi in their new home in Sunray, we also need to be praying for the work and the next associate preacher of Graeber Road. Consider that we are now in an interim time period. Interim means temporary/provisional. How long that may be is not known, however, what we can do in this interim is absolutely known:
Pray. God must be involved in this process and asking Him for wisdom for the elders, for the members here, and for the future preacher is a must (Jas.1:5-8). Pray that God will bless us with a man who is wholly devoted to loving Him and people and who will help us to continue to grow the way God wants.
Work. The danger in the interim is that a lot of people see it as a time to “mark time”: People stop working; jobs slip through the cracks; the contribution falls; people wait till the issue is resolved before looking for good works to do. The words of Paul echo for all of us, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6:9). Don’t stop working for the Lord during the interim.
Reflect. “Examine yourselves.” As much as the elders will be looking for a man/family to come here, the person considering the job will be looking at us to “try us out.” Reflect on this question: why would someone want to come to Graeber Road? Here’s a more difficult question maybe: why wouldn’t someone want to come to Graeber Road? What in our character as individuals or as a congregation might turn someone off to the work here? What can I, personally, improve in my sphere of influence?
Show patience. One of the hardest things to do is to wait. However, scripture tells us to seek the blessing in the waiting (Is. 40:31; Jas. 1:2-ff). The best is yet to be with God and therefore His people need to be patient and wait on Him and His time.