By Superintendent St. John
"Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me..." Psalm 43:3 NIV
It has been my desire to be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit, to have “an understanding of the times,” and to know not only what, but also when to take certain steps. As Solomon so eloquently put it, “There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth...a right time to hold on and another to let go” (Ecclesiastes 3).
Vicky and I have always wanted to be leaders who recognize both times. When we stepped into our current role as your District Superintendents 28 years ago this spring, we did so with a distinct sense that God had indeed called us to fill this role for this particular time. We understood that nothing is forever and that any responsibility we hold on this earth is for a season.
And, we would like to say that it has been a truly wonderful season. We have had the joy of working with and being surrounded by an incredible team. We have been surrounded by leaders who make us look better than we are. We are not exaggerating when we say that our department heads are literally the envy of many other Districts. We have truly been blessed.
However, as we have looked at the office and the number of staff changes that will be necessary over the course of the next few years, we have come to the realization that this is the moment for us to step aside. The time has come for us to hand the baton to the individual whom God has been preparing to step in and develop the next team to lead this great District into the future.
After prayer and much consideration, we have decided that we will not allow our name to go up for re-election at this year’s District Council. My last day in the office is tentatively set for May 31. This will allow approximately six weeks to assure an orderly transition of duties following the election of your next Superintendent at our April District Council and also for Vicky to lead her final Ministers’ Wives Retreat before we officially say good-bye.
The thought of leaving you is very emotional for us, but we do so with the assurance that it is time to take this step and with the confidence that God will guide our state as it chooses its next Superintendent.
We have considered serving you one of the highest honors that we could be given on this earth. We have loved you and will certainly continue to do so. The welfare of this District will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
So thankful for the great privilege of serving you,
Clarence St. John