Humbled. Excited. Nervous.

These are just a few of the words I use to describe how I feel right now when asked by friends and family.

The role of Lead Pastor carries a tangible weight of responsibility that God has been preparing me for over the course of my 21 years in full-time vocational ministry. And for the last 14 years, I have been blessed to be a part of the North Pointe family. At times I wasn’t sure if there would be a chance for me to fulfill the calling of leading a church that God laid on my heart as a fifteen-year-old. Other times I thought our family would need to relocate to a different church, city or province to see this dream fulfilled.

I am so thankful that God had other plans.
He prepared me. He shaped me. And He told me to wait.
And His timing is always perfect.

As I write this I am trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I am now the Lead Pastor of North Pointe Community Church. But a strong vote of 98% of the membership and 97% of the soon-to-be members (you know who you are!) has confirmed that it’s true.

Humbled. Excited. Nervous.

I am humbled that God would take this small town kid and set me in such an important leadership position. I am humbled that God chose this broken man, who in times of heavy grief wondered if I’d ever pastor again. And yet, Christ in his mercy has seen fit to elevate me. Humbled.

Excited. Not the ‘kid in a candy store’ excitement that is erratic and unpredictable. It’s a growing sense of joy rising in me with a fire in my belly. “Greater things have yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city,” echoes the popular worship song. I am thrilled to see the people who will experience real hope, new life and lasting purpose in Jesus Christ in the coming months and years. The future is bright. And I get to be a part of it. Wow!

Did I mention that I was feeling nervous? I have been in training for years and this is the next logical step. I don’t think you can ever be fully prepared for a position like Lead Pastor. At times the weight of responsibility piles on me. In times like these I am reminded that God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). It is this nervous energy that keeps me on my knees. I need God more than ever. I haven’t arrived yet, I have just begun. Lord help me to lead with love, wisdom and integrity.

I am honored to be the Lead Pastor of North Pointe, and I look forward to what God has in store for us as a church body. It’s going to be a good ride.

18 Comments

  • Timothy says:

    Pastor Mike,

    this is interesting.

    We are proud (of you), excited (for the future) and calm (in the knowledge you are on the right track) .

  • Barb Cunningham says:

    Congratulations Mike.

    You will do an awesome job. I will continue to pray for you and your family. May God richly bless you as you continue to do His work.

  • Sheila Dayman says:

    We have every confidence in you Pastor Mike and look forward to what God has in store for North Pointe under your leadership.

  • Cynthia victor says:

    It is going to be a wonderful journey as this is what HE prepared you for . We are with you on our knees for His power, His wisdom and His grace to flow through you

  • Margaret Schneider says:

    You got this. Praying for you, & Pastor Bob. God Bless.

  • Anonymous says:

    Mike so well said and heartfelt, “for such a time as this” Myrna and I still feel a strong link to North Pointe. Very excited about North Pointe’s future and yours.
    Lorne and Myrna

  • Calay Mayo says:

    So grateful to read your first post as lead pastor, my friend! I know that you will lead this church with the wisdom of God and His anointing over you. I see your faithfulness as if it was physical garment and I have seen your heart for people in full action.

    You and your family have blessed us in many ways with your friendship and now it is an honour to call you our shepherd, our pastor. Praying for you still, as I have for all the pastors of NP.

    PB and J have followed God’s lead to allow team M&M to lead us! How blessed our church is with amazing leadership.

  • Brian Glover says:

    I couldn’t be more proud of you for being our Lead Pastor Mike. We look forward to seeing you and listening to your God inspired wisdom on Sundays. As you have prayed for me and my recovery I will pray for you for strength and guidance. Your friend
    Brian Glover

  • Bonnie Belsey says:

    Pastor Mike, in this time of transition for North Pointe, I am so comforted and greatly encouraged that you are the one taking on the Lead Pastor role. You have been part of what makes North Pointe unique, and I have full confidence that will continue with God’s guidance and your unique personality, perspective and strengths. Congratulations

  • Warren Benson says:

    Pastor Mike…. Very excited for you, your family, ourselves and the future of NP…. We will be praying for you.

  • Evelyn Kozak says:

    God bless you Mike, in your new position. Praying for you, that God will bless and use you in amazing ways as you lead NP into this new chapter.

  • Kathy Smith says:

    Thank you! Congratulations!
    I’m glad you had such a resounding endorsement. I’m looking forward to you being our
    lead pastor. I appreciated being
    able to participate in the Philippians Study that you started. You and your family are in my prayers.
    Gods Blessings,
    Kathy Smith

  • Rene and Raquel del Valle says:

    Hello Pastor Mike. Just like you we, too, are excited to celebrate with you and your family this awesome next step in your ministry. Please know that Rene & I will be with you in this new direction of your ministry and NPCC. And we will always hold you and your family in our daily prayers.

    Blessings and praise God from whom all blessings flow.

  • Dave says:

    Well said Pastor Mike, I’m one of those soon to be members that voted yes for you. Pastor Bob will be dearly missed but you have our hearts and trust as we enter this new chapter at North Pointe.
    Blessings to you as you lead, preach and teach His word.

  • Jeff says:

    I love my new lead pastor. We were so blessed to have Bob Jones in the past and now doubly blessed to have an amazing pastor follow in Bob’s footsteps. Thank you God for these two wonderful men of God. Give Michael courage wisdom compassion and strength through the many years to come. Jeff

  • Cathy says:

    HI Mike

    So excited for you to be taking on this role. It is well earned and deserved.

    Cathy and Sheldon Schwer

  • Gordon and Betty Evans says:

    Mike, we are excited and thrilled to have you as our lead pastor. God has surely bestowed on you the special gifts that it will take for you to be wonderfully successful. We look forward to being blessed, encouraged and supported by your ministry. God bless you and your family.

  • Ryan Guenther says:

    Congratulations Mike! Looking forward to this new chapter in your ministry and look to North Pointe’s future with excited optimism. God Bless you and your family!

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