by Scott Nelson – Lead Pastor
Please Welcome Brent and Serena Sinclair!
Are you a road trip type of person? My family grew up taking summer trips that were about 10 hours (usually in one day) in a care. Some of you think that is a lot, and others think that is nothing. Don’t worry—a few times my family loaded us up for a REAL road trip…meaning two weeks, many states, and thousands of miles in the car. There were no electronics, and it felt like it took forever. But I remember those road trips—vividly. It is often the long journey that shapes us most.
Brent and Serena have been on a journey in ministry. They have loved and served the Lord since they were children. They have served in many jobs and lived all over the country. Brent and Serena have been with Covenant Grove since (before) day one—ask them for their story; it is amazing! They have been serving sacrificially with their gifts, time, and talent. Brent has been on staff for the last few years and Serena has been attending seminary. It has been a long trip, but they have arrived at a place that is worth celebrating. They are PASTORS at Covenant Grove!
At our church, being a pastor means a few things. First, it is a recognition of your calling from God. The Lord calls shepherds to lead His people; His people recognize and validate this calling. We do this by respecting our leaders and allowing them to speak into our lives, teach us God’s word, and correct us when we stray from God’s way (Hebrews 13:17). Second, being a pastor is a level of leadership in a local church. For us this means a pastor is licensed (or will be) with our denomination and is held to a higher standard for leadership, teaching, and character. Our pastors lead leaders and shepherd our people. Third, being a pastor is a collegiality in our denomination. As mentioned, pastors must be licensed; this is more than an online certificate! In addition to actively serving in a local church, the Covenant requires classes, a theological reflection paper, and a multiple interview process. Covenant pastors support each other and belong to a group called the “Ministerium,” which provides support and growth opportunities. To sum it all up: being a pastor is a big deal to us!
I hope our church can see the big deal it is that Brent and Serena are pastors at Covenant Grove. They have been on a long road, but the Spirit of God has led them to this place where they will lead us forward, teach us God’s word, and live out the Vision to see lives transformed by Jesus. Brent and Serena will be leading our Adult Ministry, including Life Groups, Men’s and Women’s, and Care. If you have any questions in those areas—or if you are ready to help them out—talk to them directly or contact the church office. Most of all, PRAY for your pastors. Support them with your prayers, time, and serving. And don’t be afraid to take them out for coffee or lunch to hear more of their story and their dreams for Adult Ministry at Covenant Grove. This is an exciting moment for our church!!