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Resignation, Part 26

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David got off the phone with Bill Johnston.  An ominous feeling came over him.  There had been a different tone, a different feeling to their conversation than any other he had ever had with Bill.  The usual sense of dread of any meeting with Bill was replaced with a one of concern.  He stopped what he was doing and simply prayed for Bill.

David was trying to get things together for the meeting later that evening.  He had a couple of calls to return so he decided to get to it so he could focus on the meeting.  He had a couple of names to suggest to the team for an interim pastor.  He wasn’t particularly excited about them, but trying to find someone to fill in each week was getting a bit tiresome.  He, and the  church, needed someone to be there each week so they could focus on searching for a new pastor.

David had missed a call from Doug Manis.  Doug was a pastor a couple of towns over and a denominational leader.  David had been slightly taken aback when he listened to Doug’s message.  Doug had indicated that he thought that he might be able to help them with finding an interim pastor and wanted to talk to him.  It seemed strange to David that someone like Doug would be interested in the interim pastor a church like theirs.

He picked up his phone and dialed the number.   The phone rang for a moment before an answer.

“Hello!!!”  David was almost knocked over by the optimistic tone on the other end.

“Hello.  This is David Maxwell.  Is this Doug Manis?”  David wasn’t sure why he felt the way he did.  He was almost intimidated.  He wasn’t sure if it was because Doug was a pastor of rather large church or because he was a bigwig in the denomination.  He also got the feeling that he had heard Doug’s voice before, but he couldn’t quite place it.

“Hi David.  Glad you called me back.  I’m not sure if you remember me, but I preached at your church a few years ago.  I’ve known Donald a long time and he had me there for a few days.”

That cleared it up for David.  He remembered Doug now.  He had eaten lunch with him and Donald one day during the days he was preaching.  It began to make a bit more sense why he was calling, but David was till curious as to what he was up to.’

“Sure Doug.  I remember you.  You indicated that you might have someone interested in being our interim.”

“I do.  Donald told me how everything went down with his leaving, but I know that you have a good church there.  I have a friend who the Lord is dealing with.  He pastored while we were in seminary together.  He has been a professor for a while, but seems to be headed back to pastoring.  I think you guys would be a good place to get his feet back wet.”

Doug thought for a moment.  The names he had were some of the same guys who seemed to just move from church to church doing interim work.  Nothing wrong with that, but he wasn’t excited about them and he wasn’t sure anyone else would be either.  One of them had even been interim before Donald had been pastor, so that told him a little something about his age.  He wanted someone who could come in and hold things together.

“Well, we really need an interim.  None of the names I have really stand out to me.  I would love to talk to him.”

“Great.  Let me give  you his number and you can give him a call.  I’ll let him know you will be calling and then I’ll get out-of-the-way.  I just wanted to make the connections and then let the Lord work.”

“Sounds great.  I’ll give him a call shortly and then tell the team about him tonight when we meet.”  David paused as Doug gave him Dale Adkins’ number.

“I think you will be really impressed by him and he would do a great job for you guys.”

“Thanks for letting me know about him, Doug.  I hope it works out.”

David hung up and moved forward with some other things he needed to do before the meeting.  He wanted to get ready to call Dale in an hour or so.  He had a new sense of peace about what was going on with the search team’s situation.

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