Yesterday morning at Vista was a big day for us as we commissioned Brian Coffey as a Vista pastor! He’ll be leading the charge at our Worthington location, and we couldn’t have more confidence in and expectations for both he and his wonderful wife, Molly. I encourage you to check out Brian’s Blog and sign-up for updates. He’ll use his blog to share thoughts about this new adventure and updates on Vista Worthington.
For me, and many of you, the ceremony was rich and moving. Brian responded to my questions, affirming a sober realization of the spiritual leadership and challenges ahead of him. He is humble, yet confident, he is excited and leaning forward, yet ready for unknown twists, turns and mystery.
Molly is also ministry minded, spiritually mature, and a gifted and engaging person…they compliment one another exceedingly well and couldn’t be more excited about the next steps in the journey to which God’s called them. The Coffey family including their three beautiful kiddos, Georgia, Jackson and Emory are a joy to be around…take some time to get to know them!
You may be asking the question, “What qualifies Brian for the pastorate?” First, that’s a great question; a fair question. Without going into great detail here let me offer our simple grid for evaluation…The Four C’s. Character (according to Titus and 1 Timothy), Competency (unique skill qualifications for the task at hand and ahead), Chemistry (personal fit with the current staff and leadership team), and Calling (a personal sense and a corporate confirmation of God’s direction). There are other considerations in the process, but these are the big four.
It might also be helpful for you to know that we recognize three pastoral variations. First, there is a “Commissioned” pastor. Like what we did Sunday…this is a local confirmation by a local church community affirming an individuals local authority (based on the Four C’s).
Secondly, we recognize “Licensed” pastors. These are commissioned pastors who have also met civil state requirements to marry, bury, and officiate/administer religious sacraments and traditions. Brian will apply for and obtain these credentials before the Worthington location starts.
Lastly, we recognize “Ordained” pastors. Ordination requires significant lengths of time as a commissioned/licensed pastor, educational requirements and carries the burden of a broader range of authority…that is, for example…authority across multiple churches or within an association (denomination) of churches.
For me, one of the greatest joys in life is seeing others strive for and reach new levels of potential, faith, responsibility, challenge and success, whether personally, professionally or spiritually. The Coffey’s step of faith is as equally profound as the one you take today for when God’s people stop taking steps of faith, stop trusting God in all things big or small, stop sacrificing for Jesus’ sake…well…we stop being the Church!
I’m deeply thankful and inspired by the Coffey’s steps of faith. I hope it inspires your next step of faith. That’s how we bring Jesus to a world that needs Him as much as we do…every day.
That’s better than any coffee buzz!