A Letter from Kim Burnett
I am honored and thrilled to be your new Coordinator of Congregational Care.
As I begin this new role, let me share a bit about how I got here, why I said yes and our next steps for care within our congregation!
I have been a part of Calvary’s family for 35 years. Early on, I was drawn to Calvary’s nature of being a compassionate caring church which reflected Christ’s ministry of caring. Getting connected and involved in a variety of ways deeply shaped my faith, but none probably more than the training I received as a Stephen Minister and then becoming a Stephen Ministry Leader. I eventually was called to become director of Calvary’s Christian Education.
Over the last 18 years as DCE, we have created a culture of care at the core our education ministry. There has been an emphasis to create a caring, loving atmosphere for connecting with God and others as we grow as disciples. Caring for the needs of individual children, teachers and leaders has always superseded specific curricula or lessons of the day. The kids know that they belong to God and God is always with them. They know being kind, taking care of others and doing our best is at the heart of who we are as children of God.
I have been beyond blessed to serve in this capacity and yet have felt a tug. Making the decision to hang up my Christian Ed shoes was one I muddled with and prayed over for several months before getting clarity this past fall. I’m ready to have more flexibility with my schedule, want to spend more time with my family and our family business. I’m ready to pass on the baton to someone with new ideas and fresh energy.
We all experience life’s ups and downs. Because God cares for us so deeply, it is our Christian response to want to care for each other. I can’t imagine living through my most difficult days (and my most joyful moments) without the care, concern, comfort and prayers of my church family. I count as my most treasured, sacred moments those times when I have been allowed the privilege to walk along side someone who needs a listening ear, comfort, compassion and encouragement.
So, saying yes to the invitation to lead the congregation as Coordinator of Congregational Care seemed like a natural fit!
We each have the capacity to offer care to others based on the gifts God has given us. Calvary has a beautiful legacy of caring. I am excited to develop a new model of lay-centered care that will minister to a wide range of needs in our congregation. In the coming months, I look forward to assessing and responding to the needs in the congregation. Look for more communication in our weekly e-newsletter and on Facebook.
You’ll find my office in the Adult Wing on the south end of the building. I will keep very part-time hours. I’d love to have you stop my office or meet for a cup of coffee to hear your thoughts and ideas about care or anything else you want to chat about! And most definitely, your prayers for the launch of this new role in ministry will be deeply coveted!
Kim Burnett, CCC
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
If you are looking for a caring person to listen, or help you through a personal crisis, or if you would like more information about serving as part of Calvary's Congregational Care Ministry, please call the church office or use the contact form below: