Rev. Todd R. Goddard, July 2013
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ; he claimed me at my baptism and I claimed him at my confirmation as a youth.
I’ve been called and ordained to be a pastor, whose role is to
Word: proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Sacrament: celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion
Service: to serve the needs of the Body of Christ
Order: ensure the administrative order of the parish is Biblical and Disciplinary
I’ve been appointed by the Bishop to serve as your pastoral leader.
In my opinion, the role of the congregation is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."
It is my role to keep people redirected back to the core values and vision of our congregation.
I believe Christ calls us to empower people.
I believe the Holy Spirit speaks through all people.
I believe in permission giving, way more than permission withholding.
I favor grace more than law.
I believe the community of faith’s role is discernment of God’s will – individually and collectively
I believe every person has been endowed with God given potential that requires nurture and encouragement to blossom and grow.
Worship is our core activity. It must be done to the best of our ability.
Worship that is combined with mission serves as the best way to grow our church family.
Mission gives meaning to the spiritual journey.
All are welcome at the table. Since all are guilty under the law, I prefer to leave judgment up to God.
Programs ebb and flow; it is just as okay to let go as it is to create. This comes from a confidence in God’s timing.
The only metric I’m concerned with is
Is your heart warmed by Christ?
What are you doing about it?
I believe God has given us all the money we need.
I believe God gives us all the people we need. If we need more, God will provide. If we are not good stewards of the people we’ve been given, our numbers will decline.
I believe strongly in Safe Sanctuaries and the protection it affords children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
Also, I don’t like to have access to church money. I do not want to know what any one person gives to the church. Giving is fun; and opportunities to spread the joy should abound!
If I offend you, please seek me out and tell me! If you see me headed in an uninformed and reckless direction, please inform me! Lastly, I dismiss all anonymous complaints.