ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN GO WEST!
As of October 31, Tom Lavigne completed his time as the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada Director of Church Planting. Read the interview below to find out what he has been learning in the transition process.
We’ll be taking a break from GO WEST! as we revision and work through various changes taking place in the ministry. However, we have other methods of keeping you up-to-date on our church plants and the ministry itself. Read the “Staying Connected” article for tips on keeping in touch with us throughout the adjustments.
In this time of transition, we’ll be working out a number of changes in the Church Planting office in order to best serve the CBWC constituency. Therefore, this will be the last issue of GO WEST! for the time being, but there are plenty of other ways to stay connected.
- We will continue to share stories and prayer requests on the Church Planting Blog: churchplantingatcbwc.wordpress.com. Subscribe to the feed by clicking here, or visit the blog and click the “Follow” button on the bottom of your browser window. By entering your email address, you’ll have all the Church Planting new sent right to your inbox.
- All our blog entries are also posted on the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada Facebook page for easy access.
- We’ll continue to share stories as well through the CBWC’s wider monthly enewsletter Making Connections. Subscribe today.
And, Cailey will still be available to connect via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 604.420.7646. Thanks for being willing to stick with us amidst the adjustments!
Final Thoughts from Tom
GO WEST!: At the last leadership forum in Vancouver, we discussed how ministry brings with it all kinds of transitions. As you are in a transitional phase yourself, what advice can you offer others in a similar circumstance?
Tom: The initial thoughts are that we should be expecting transition to be an ongoing part of ministry. While some people hope that change never happens—it seems to be an inevitable part of ministry. Any advice I would give would be along the lines of staying especially close and sensitive to how God is leading, have lots of healthy communication with family, close friends and mentors. Also, the realization that while change or transition catches some of us by surprise; God is not sitting on the sidelines in a state of shock, so we can trust that He is very involved in the process, loves us deeply and has the best in store for us.
GW: What have you learned about yourself in the process?
Tom: I’m learning to be less fearful of what others think and more concerned with being obedient to God. It’s most important to please God in His process and timing than others and myself in our own plans and agendas.
GW: What are some of your fondest memories of your time as Director of Church Planting?
Wow, so many amazing things have happened over the past four years.
- I’m very appreciative for the opportunity given me by Jeremy Bell, Jan Paasuke and the Staff and Board to come into the role with a lot of freedom and resources to help shape the Church Planting ministry in the CBWC.
- Being a part of the stories of the lives of our Church Planters, their families and teams as they struggle, pray and wrestle through what it means to be a church family has been a huge blessing.
- Parties at launches of new churches, baptisms of new believers, and seeing the “aha” moments in the faces of Church Planters when they realize that yes, God is indeed in this ministry.
- Getting to work alongside a passionate staff team who do so much more than they ever get paid for and yet deliver amazing results time after time.
GW: Tell us something we didn’t know about you.
Tom: I’m an introvert in an extrovert’s clothing…but don’t tell anyone.
GW: What excites you as you look ahead? Any plans? Any ideas about where God might want you next?
What excites me looking ahead are the incredible opportunities that God has in store for each of us—as I look around I see God at work in so many people and places and I’m amazed at His goodness in allowing us to be a part of His great story. The only plans I have are to take a bit of time off (November/December) visiting with family and friends and taking some personal retreat and reflection time. I’m not sure where God would have us next—if you hear anything please let me know!