Announcement

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For those of you looking for the next installment in our series on personalities, I apologize.  Lord willing, we will pick that up again next week.  Last week we introduced the Optimistic/People-Oriented personality.  Next week I plan to follow up with that personality and offer some biblical examples that will model how best to love the Optimistic/People-Oriented person.

But this week I have an announcement to make.

Before I make that announcement, let me share a few things with you.

My own personality hates change.  We like variety, but change is very hard.  Routine helps us feel comfortable–we know what to expect; we know where to find things because we always put things back where they go; we don’t have to exert the extra effort that change requires, and status quo usually means peace.

In a few weeks we will look at this personality type a little more in-depth.  I call it the Even-tempered/Status Quo-Oriented (E/SO) personality.

The reason I share this personal tidbit with you is because I am about to experience a big change.  I made an announcement on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at the church where I am the senior pastor (Magnolia Bible Church in Magnolia, TX) that I will be taking a position with a ministry called Capitol Commission (www.Capitolcom.org).

Many folks in the congregation told me that they thought I was just adding one more thing to my busy schedule until they realized that I am going with the ministry full-time.  Once the realization set in, it became, and has been, quite an emotional time.

I am not leaving on any bad terms at all.  I love Magnolia Bible Church.  We started the church 15+ years ago and MBC is my family.  I am not bailing because of any problems and I am not being run out on the rails.  🙂  In fact, I feel that the church is the most healthy it has ever been, which makes this a good time to seek the next chapter for MBC.

And at the same time, I feel like God is moving me to a different role in ministry. As a church, we have sought the Shalom (total well-being: physical, emotional, financial, and especially spiritual) of Magnolia.  Now we are taking our ministry of seeking Shalom to the state capital!

Capitol Commission’s mission statement is “to provide a pastoral presence in the capitol communities of our nation. In these communities we purpose to reach every person with the gospel of Jesus Christ, to disciple them, and prepare them for a lifetime of ministry in whatever arena God chooses to place them.”

Capitol Commission is a national organization that is currently ministering in 23 states and is looking to expand to all 50 states.  I will be taking the place of a wonderful minister who started the Texas ministry 8 years ago named Don Garner. Don has done a magnificent job developing this ministry in Austin so I have huge shoes to fill.

I will be the minister in Texas whose responsibilities include ministering to all 150 state reps and 31 state senators along with the Executive Branch.  I will basically be a supported missionary sent out to make and develop disciples of Jesus Christ among the Capitol Community.

Because most of the ministry occurs in the representatives’ districts (except during session), I do not need to live in Austin to accomplish the ministry, although it may be helpful to in the future.  So we will continue to live here in Magnolia, Texas, for the time being.

I will remain the full-time pastor of Magnolia Bible Church while raising support for the ministry and while the church searches for the next pastor of MBC.  We are all shooting for some kind of transition happening after the first of the year while being flexible for God’s timing.

I will continue to write this column (as long as the Houston Chronicle and Houston Community Newspapers allow me).  I have so appreciated all of the letters and emails by readers over the years.  Today’s column will be my 404th column and I have loved every minute of it.  Thank you!

This is one of the hardest things I have ever done (leave such close friends and a loving church family).  As I said, I hate change.  But it is also one of the most exciting things to experience as we anticipate what God is going to do next!

(If you would like to hear more about Capitol Commission and how to support this ministry, send me an email to the address below).

Scot Wall is pastor of Magnolia Bible Church located at 31611 Nichols Sawmill Rd., Magnolia, TX, 77355 and the new Texas State Capitol Minister with Capitol Commission. Send comments to ConsiderThis@magnoliabible.org.

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