Hello there FBCD friends!
I just wanted to take a few minutes and officially say “hello” to you. I know that many of you I have met and many of you I have not. Whichever category you fall into, I am looking forward to getting to know you over the next few weeks and months as I learn about the life and ministry of FBC Decatur.
I first want to say that I am so thankful for the good work that is already happening in this place. As I have asked around and gotten to know you all throughout the interview process, I have been so impressed with what I have heard and seen. There are good things happening in this place! And I am thankful for those who have come before me (and all of us) to make this church what it is today. I have much to learn from you and can’t wait to get started!
One of my goals over the next couple of months is to get to know you! Not just those of you who have children, but all of you. It’s my belief that the more we know each other, the better we are. As I am working with children and families, I want to be able to provide them with all the support I can, and you, the congregation of FBC Decatur, are a huge part of that support. You may not have children who live under your roof now (or you may not have children at all) but each of you has something to contribute to the life of our children and families.
Last thing from me: One of the first questions I was asked by the search committee was “What are your top priorities when it comes to children’s ministry?” I share these with you as a way for you to get to know me, and so we can find ways to make these priorities happen.
First—it is my goal that every time a child enters this building, they encounter Christ and the love of God. From babies being rocked in the nursery to 1st graders learning to navigate the Bible to older children forming their own beliefs- each of these moments is vital and important to developing a strong faith foundation in our children.
Second—while the church and children’s leadership (myself included) plays an important role in building the foundation to our faith, we are not the only ones who should be teaching the children about living a God-filled life. It is the church’s job to equip and support parents and guardians so that they are confident as they guide and nurture the faith of their children. This is a partnership; a journey we are making together.
Third and finally—I want church to be a place where all children are welcome and feel safe and loved. The world can be a big and scary place, and our children need to know that Church is not that way. That’s not to say that church will always be easy. But it will always be a place where children are welcomed for who they are and will have the opportunity to use their God given gifts and talents to be a leader in the church, no matter how young or old they are.
Thank you for your trust as I step into this role, and as we continue to do the work God has called each of us to together.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Kristen Koger
(also known as Pastor KK)