from “The Question Box”

Every June, we have a “Question Box” service, where I answer submitted questions in lieu of a sermon. The questions are great, and I never have time to answer all of them. For the next year, I will occasionally be answering some of these questions.

“What is the role of a minister? Beyond Sunday services, when would a person in the congregation connect with you?”

One of the things I love about being a minister is that I’m a generalist, and get to wear many hats. I function as chief of staff and executive, working with the leadership of the church to carry out the mission and vision of the church, as voted by the congregation. I officiate key life events, such as weddings, child dedications, and memorial services. If you have a spiritual or pastoral issue, I can meet with you as you figure out your next steps. If you need ongoing help, I can suggest counseling services and affordable therapists.

I love connecting with members, and not just on Sunday, so every week, there are formal and informal ways to get together. Every Wednesday at noon, we have “Sack Lunch with the Minister.” It’s informal – just grab a lunch and meet us in the Fellowship Hall. On the first and third Thursdays, we have Senior Coffee at 10:30 am, with a topic of the day and a structured discussion. If you want to meet one-on-one with me, send me an email at minister@liveoakuu.org and we’ll set up a time. And, informally, I’m often at the church Tuesday – Friday. If you’re passing by, stop in and say hello!