Below are my parting words to the congregation of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Orange, Texas.
On behalf of Miranda, Violet and Reid, I want to thank you, the congregation of First Christian Church (DOC) for the past two years. While we are leaving during an uncertain time, we are confident that God will lead us in the direction that we are to go next. We have had our share of ups and downs, but through it all we tried to show the love of God in all things and at all times. Below is part of what I presented to the Board in my last Board Report.
May God be with you until me meet again.
Rev. Evan Dolive, M.Div.
I want to leave you these parting words and hopes for the church. I challenge the church and its members to begin the difficult process of introspection and to start the process of seeing yourself in a different light. It is easy to be “ho-hum” about our current situation, but this is not the mentality the church needs. Yes, there are churches that are growing and are bigger than First Christian, but if the mentality is that First Christian is a “gray headed church” then that is how it will stay.
By having conversations, times of prayer and discernment, I believe that God will reveal in what direction the church will need to go and how to change to fully grow into the church God needs it to be. I know that it will not be easy and tough choices will have to be made, but I believe that the church will be better because of it.
For the past two years I have called First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), my home and I thank all of the members and staff alike for joining me on this journey. I pray that God will bless this congregation and I look forward to hearing about what great things this church will do for Kingdom of God.
May the peace of God be with you all, now and forevermore.