Today was the seventh Sunday that I went to Greytown - time seems to go so quickly!
There are some really cool people in the congregation and I enjoy the church and the people. I think that it is fair to say that things are going well. I am not managing very well with counting the congregation, so I don't know how we are doing numerically, but I get a sense of a positive dynamic in the Sunday services.
Of course, there is lots more to church than just worship services and some of the 'issues' are starting to surface. Underlying friction amongst the leaders. Communication difficulties. I think communication is a big thing and it is complicated by the relationship between the seminary in Pietermaritzburg, the superintendent minister, also in Pietermaritzburg, and the local churches in Dalton and Greytown. I sometimes think that I over-complicate things by trying to look at everyone's point of view, but there is little value in charging in like a bull in a china shop!
So we communicate - email is my comfort zone, but in a semi-rural place like Greytown people don't have it. Evening meetings are not practical as most people travel some distance to get to church - and besides, no one likes meetings. Sundays before services are becoming hectic as I am bombarded with the latest . . . So this week I need to work on regular phone calls to people - not my area of strength!
And my colleague is now hopefully on board as he was only able to start after Easter - so to meet with him and to thrash out some of the cultural differences in our approach to ministry.
God is always good . . . but I am really praying for his guidance and wisdom for the next couple of weeks!