resignation (part ii)
over the course of the next few weeks i traded phone calls with the lead pastor at the church in alpine. these talks led to another visit wherein my wife and i dropped the littles with her parents and went down for a weekend. this is wots known in baptist circles as coming in view of a call and tho i could spend a very long time on how that single phrase is tortured in baptist life the weekend went well.
we met with the pastor and his wife friday evening and then had a cookout on saturday with the youth and parents followed by a qna session. i shared my story about meeting god on the south rim of the chisos mountains and they asked us all about our likes and dislikes. were we into sports? band? choir? they wondered if we were ready to live in a town without a walmart.
they were curious about how we met and ended up getting married. but not one word was ever spoken about doctrine. the closest we came was my assurance to them at the beginning that we would all be on common ground when it came to the essentials and apparently that was all they needed. my use of socratic method and penchant for skeptically questioning everything didnt seem to bother them at the time.
we were introduced in the service the next morning and they had an evening service planned around allowing the rest of the church to meet and get to know us thru another qna where mostly the same kinds of questions were asked. altho someone was curious about the holy wild having looked up some of our stuff online (i used to have a really nifty website…)
they voted on us and i was unanimously called by the church to become the associate pastor. we set out a timeline and worked out some of the details before my wife and i headed back to the metroplex to begin the process of packing and saying goodbye to friends.
we didnt realize that we were walking into a minefield.
(2 b continued)