NO TURNING BACK . . . After Leaving My Church

It’s a big milestone. There’s no turning back. After helping to celebrate my good friend and co-worker, Pastor Kathy, at Church on the Hill I’m officially done with everything I said I would do. I have no regrets; however, I miss my faith community.

Family at church.
Family at church.

I know there’s more ahead. I have no idea what it is. I’ve learned there’s great value in waiting and trusting God for what’s next. So, I am.  Some of my greatest regrets in my life have come out of the times I’ve rushed ahead of God and tried to make something happen on my own.

The thing is . . . my calling as a pastor was birthed in the Church . . . and years later I remain excited about the potential of the impact of the local church as a community of faith, sharing the joys and sorrows of daily life, dispensing the power of hope, believing in what God has done, is doing, and will do. In fact, one of the pews from my childhood church sits in our main room as a symbol of the mission the Church has in this world.

My pew from my childhood church, First Christian Church in Salem, Oregon.
My pew from my childhood church, First Christian Church, in Salem, Oregon.


I can’t imagine what this season of life would be like without serving in a faith community. So. I’m grateful Pastor Chris May asked me to preach at South Salem Nazarene Church this summer while he’s on sabbatical. It’s a gift. The SSNaz faith community has been incredibly welcoming and kind to me.

I will be sharing the second message from the series, “What’s Your Story?” entitled “Do What Matters.” When we align with our God-given purpose, when we let go of the unnecessary, when we do only what matters, we live a strong and fulfilling life.

  • Hope to see you at South Salem Nazarene Church on Sunday morning at 10:45 AM (1661 Boone Rd SE Salem, OR 97306). I will look for you!
  • By the way, I hope you are enjoying the First Fifteen Challenge!
  • And, check out the devotion, WOW, which is a reminder of the incredible power released while we are praying.

View from my Joys:

We took Madelyn and Sydney to one of our favorite places, Burgerville in Monmouth, to have a  fresh Oregon Berry milkshake. Madelyn told us that one of the most exciting events of the summer for her is to graduate from the “animal” Sunday School classes  to kindergarten Sunday School at her church. It’s a life event to be celebrated!

Madelyn drinking her shake.
Madelyn drinking her shake.

It Matters–Kerrie

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)


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