The Journey: Part 3 (The Transition)

October 18, 2012 — 17 Comments

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In a scene reminiscent of Paul and Barnabas and the church at Antioch, the pastors and then the Board of Deacons of New Covenant Community Church gathered around me to lay hands on me to pray for and commission me to a new work.

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” Acts 13:1-3

While I look with anticipation to the start of my new ministry and becoming a part of a new church family, I am saddened by the fact that I am leaving my existing church family. It is a truly bittersweet time.

I am so grateful and thankful for the many years of great life and ministry in Fresno. I have raised my boys here; I have lived longer here than I’ve lived anywhere my adult life; I’ve had the opportunity to build rich and meaningful relationships and friendships; and I have experienced great mentoring in pastoral leadership from Pastor Jän and will be forever grateful for the lessons of faith, inclusiveness, grace, and servant leadership he has demonstrated since my arrival at NewCov on January 1, 2000.

I will always carry in my heart the NewCov family and the opportunities I’ve had to grow and minister. NewCov will be a part of any future ministry I am a part of, as the NewCov family is a part of me. I am thankful for their faith in me and their patience with me. It has been a true joy and blessing to be a part of the NewCov family and I will always treasure my ministry and life in Fresno.

I now ask that you would consider partnering with me in prayer as my family and I embark on this new journey the Lord has for us: selling our house, moving across the country, and starting a new ministry. The youngest blonde boy will need prayer as he transitions to a new school and a new way of life. Please pray for the oldest blonde boy, as he will be leaving for boot camp (MCRD) at the beginning of February. And while we are adjusting to a new home, our new family dynamic, and real winter weather, I will be ramping up in my new ministry. Yep… LOTS OF PRAYER is welcomed!

The current plan is that I will transition out of my official role and duties at NewCov at the end of November. We are hoping to be on the ground in Siloam Springs near the beginning of the year. While I am not one for Christian cliché, there is one that is entirely appropriate in this situation:

I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.

The steps we are taking now are still in the process of being written. Thank you for being a part of the journey!

Pat Callahan

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17 responses to The Journey: Part 3 (The Transition)

  1. Those church members in Siloam Springs, Arkansas have no idea how lucky they are, or what a great family (that is on fire for the Lord) is headed their way.

    I look forward to the "Pat Callahan Farewell Tour" over the next few weeks at New Cov. Bring it!

    • Ha! "Farewell Tour" – I like the way that sounds. Maybe we can get some t-shirts made up!

      In all seriousness, we are so thankful for the relationships we have made over the years with wonderful people (like the Conway family!). We will treasure you and take you with us in our hearts. Thank you for your friendship!

  2. I love you, man. I am happy to call you friend.

  3. Thank you , Pat, for your worshipful heart, your giftedness, and sharing yourself and family for so many years with us. We look forward to hearing wonderful things about this new chapter.

    Blessings as you stretch out your faith!

    • Thanks! Julie. You and Sheffie are two of the wonderful memories we will take with us from NewCov. thanks for your prayers and support.

  4. aroundlisastable October 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Pat and Kelly- Bruce and I send our blessings. What a great adventure you are about to embark on. It's your season. Enjoy every minute of it.

    • Thank, Lisa, for your kind words. I've spent the weekend reading your blog – it's great! You. have a great knack for writing. Looking forward to keeping up with your life & tasty dishes.

  5. The "Farewell Tour" will be followed by an "Arrivalfest." In Siloam Springs. Pat and Kelly…and those "Blonde Haired Boys" are simply broadening the Family Connection. We have a sister church in Montana, and we welcome a sister church in California. The Community Christian Fellowship is one of God's Churches of Families. We look forward to this new "Tour." And, we hope your Prayers, Faith and Visits will be an active part of our continued growth. Tim, we don't know how fortunate we are, but BRING IT ON!

  6. Sounds like we're going to need 2 shirts! It has been wonderful to see and hear how God has orchestrated our ministry move to CCF in Siloam Springs. We look forward to ArrivalFest – it's gonna be great!

  7. Pat-
    I remember the first time I met you. We were in line to see The Passion of the Christ. As we got inside
    I really wanted popcorn but nobody else was getting anything. Then, I heard you say the same thing.
    Hey..eating popcorn at The Passion isn't a sin. -:)) Your sense of humor is contaiges. I wish I would have
    gotten to know you even better. May God continue to challange you. May God continue to Bless you and
    your family. All the Best. Scott Alcorn

    • Scott – I totally remember that. Of course, I think I put my popcorn down after about the first 5 minutes of the movie!

      Thank for your kind words. I, too, would have loved some more time to have gotten to know you and your family better. However, I am blessed to have had the honor to serve as your Worship Pastor.

  8. The Callahan Team has truly been a part of our family and the source of our connections to New Cov. From marrying Colby and I, dedicating our kids, being a member of the music ministry team and mentoring our family, Pat and Kelly have been there. You will all be missed! We are thankful for the many ways you have blessed us and look forward to all God has in store for you and your new church family in Arkansas.

    • Nicole, your wedding will always be one of my most memorable ever! Your family will always have a special place in my heart. I am so thankful for the years we have gotten to share with you and the great ministry that has happened on the worship team. And your kids… I will miss my weekly hugs from Sophia and will mis getting to see Lucas grow up. That's the cool thing about social media, though – at least I can watch from across the country.

      Thanks again for your kind words, your commitment to the Lord and to NewCov, and for your friendship. The Linders will be dearly missed.

  9. Pat,

    David & I haven't had very long to get to know you but your ministering through music is part of what brought us to New Cov this year. For that I am forever grateful. A great part of worship for me is the music and as I've found my way back to God through my wonderful husband and New Cov, your music leadership has touched my heart and blessed me in so many ways.

    I wish we had more time to sing with your leadership but God is calling. I am praying for you & Kelly & the boys knowing the Lord will bless your family and your new church! I wish you well and I hope your new church family knows how lucky and blessed they are to be getting the Callahan family.

    God's blessings always,

    Donna McGlasson

    • Hey Donna…

      I, too, wish I would have gotten more time to get to know you and David. I have really enjoyed the little time I have spent with you both and am so glad that you are serving in the Worship Ministry at NewCov. It is humbling to know that God has used my ministry in some small way in your life. Thank you so much for your prayers and for your kindness.

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