April 21, 2015
Dear Friends at Christ the King,Grace and peace to you all!
I’m writing to share with you the news that today, with mixed emotions, I accepted the resignation of Sheryl Bousu from her position as Director of Children and Family Ministries, effective June 30, 2015. My emotions are mixed, as my sadness at Sheryl’s departure from the Christ the King ministry team is tempered by my great sense of hope and excitement as she responds to God’s call and steps more fully down the path to ordained ministry.
Many of you know that Sheryl has been pursuing her Master of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary on a part-time basis. Even before she joined CtK’s staff nearly five years ago, Sheryl has been very open about her ongoing discernment as to whether God was calling her to a new vocational path, specifically to become a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Sheryl has now completed her required seminary course work, and has been endorsed by the Saint Paul Area Synod as a pastoral candidate. All that remains in her preparation is a full-time, yearlong pastoral internship. Luther Seminary has recently informed Sheryl that she has been invited to serve as intern pastor at Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. We join Sheryl in the hopeful expectation that at the completion of this year she will be approved for ordination in the ELCA.
In the letter announcing her resignation, Sheryl writes, “I have loved my time at Christ the King; the ministry work I have been privileged to do with and for you and the many brothers and sisters in Christ whom I have come to love. While I am sad to leave this place, these people and the good work we are doing together, I am excited and blessed to be certain that God is now calling me to a new place and a new adventure.”
As we consider the future of Christ the King’s ministry among children, youth, and their families, and given our present financial situation, we have decided at this time not to pursue an outside candidate to succeed Sheryl. In consultation with the congregational council and personnel committee, Pastor Hannah and I have begun to determine how best to restructure our present Children, Youth, and Family (CYF) staff, redistributing and absorbing ministry tasks which are currently part of Sheryl’s portfolio. We will continue to update you as this process unfolds, and ask your continued prayers for wisdom and discernment.
Christ the King will celebrate Sheryl’s ministry among us at a later date, sending her off with our blessings and prayers for this next chapter of her life and ministry. We thank God for sending Sheryl to Christ the King, and we pray that God will guide her as she continues her journey of vocational discernment and discovery and enters into this time of practical formation as intern pastor at Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church.
Together in God’s mission,
Pastor Peter Hanson