A Note From JIPC’s Bridge Interim Pastor – Rev. Dr. Dan Holloway

You have warmed my heart with your support and your hospitality and I remain deeply grateful for the special opportunity to have served as your Bridge Interim Pastor this past summer. I am particularly appreciative of the trust shown by all the people who invited me into their personal spiritual journeys.
Our Presbyterian Pastor search process requires care and thoughtfulness, but in my experience it generally serves us well at the end of the day. I encourage you to be both prayerful and patient as you take these next steps. I am pleased that you have adopted the Reshape process to guide you in your work in the months to come. It is a good process and is helping to produce rich fruit in many places. At the same time, Reshape at its best is more a framework for how you think about your ministry going forward than it is a prescription for every particular step you might take. Every church is different and must decide what such an approach means for them in their context. I hope you will continue to use it as a valuable resource and will keep in mind some of the guiding principles even as you make decisions that are most appropriate for you here on JIPC.

Finally, I want to express my gratitude to the session for its leadership in this time of transition, to my colleagues in ministry on the staff, and to the many members who have offered their prayers, their encouragement, and their support for my ministry. I want to thank Rev. Dr. Laurey Harrell for her suggestion that we consider this “holy experiment” and you for stepping out in faith to do so. Most of all, I want to express my thanks to God whose Spirit has sustained us in this part of our journey and will surely continue to do so in the days to come. Life is filled with Endings and Beginnings, but even in the midst of the most difficult of those, we are not alone. Thanks be to God.

In Christ’s Service,