Our church family would like you to know...........
Our congregation is currently under the pastoral leadership of the Reverend Mary E. Wright who specializes in transitional ministry. She has undergone extensive training that includes study of conflict management, family systems, creating confidence in times of change and many other aspects of life with a congregation that is in transition.
Pastor Mary received her M.Div. from Louisville Theological Seminary, and after 15 years of installed pastoral ministry, discerned a call to become a career interim minister, now called transitional pastors. Since that time, Pastor Mary has served in several long term transitional pastor positions that have included grief work with a congregation whose pastor suddenly died, to addressing high levels of conflict.
Willard-Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church is Mary's fourth congregation to serve as transitional pastor. This is a special place for Mary, for as she heard the story of the conflict and events that had happened to and through the congregation, her heart was broken for them and she was convicted that God was calling her to serve this congregation. This sense of call continues to be very strong for Mary, and is a source of strength and wonder in her spiritual life.
In the year since Pastor Mary began working with the congregation, a variety of approaches have helped the congregation to understand the nature, dynamic and effect conflict has had in the congregation for a number of years. Through our work together, we have discovered the unhealthy and confusing dynamics that a lack of faithfulness to Presbyterian polity and process can and did create in our congregation. We have revisited our history to celebrate and to mourn, we have named our losses, and expressed frustrations and anxieties.
We also engaged in a time of reminder and new education as we read the Foundation chapters of the Book of Order, which helped us re-orient to the essence of our Presbyterian heritage. However, the major outcome of that work was the re-establishment of the Session.
We celebrated their election in November, 2014, and are now finding our way to becoming the new thing that God is creating among us. Pastor Mary continues to lead us through Bible Studies, discussions, ministry projects and worship services that help us become, with God's help, the most effective, best small church ever.
We welcome your interest and we NEED your prayers!
May God bless you in your ministry, whatever form it takes!