Crossroads Christian Church Sr. Pastor Ken Idelman is saying goodbye to his congregation.
Idelman announced his retirement from the congregation he’s led since 2007 in an open letter this past February. You can read that letter below.
Friday night at 6:30 Pastor Idelman will be honored at a dinner at the Old National Events Plaza and the church is inviting people to join it tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. and this Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. for a special message.
Here is the pastor’s open letter:
A Time for Everything
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot… a time to tear down and a time to build up, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance… a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak…” [Ecclesiastes 3:1-7]
Today is a time I need to speak; but, to be honest with you, it has a ‘bittersweet’ feel for me to announce… After careful thought and prayerful consideration, Kaylene and I have decided it is time for me to retire as Senior Pastor of Crossroads Christian Church.
When I was called to serve at Crossroads in 2007, the elders and I were aware that there were some special facets to our partnership … First, I was coming from a long tenure as president of a Christian College. How would my spiritual leadership transfer from the context of the college community to a local church family? Second, I was 59 years old at the time. So, I knew from the start that I would need to evaluate my ministry after a decade or so of service. Well friends, this March 27th will be our 10th Easter with you. [From our standpoint, the time has passed all too quickly.] For the past three years, I have had, in the back of my mind, a plan forming that would insure when it came time for me to hand off the ‘shepherd’s staff’ of pastoral leadership at Crossroads, it would be a seamless, momentum-producing, and most of all, a God-honoring transition.
A little over a year ago I shared my thoughts with the elders about the next season of my life and my desire to pursue God’s best to insure the health and growth of Crossroads into the future. It is important for you to know I initiated the succession process that we, your leaders, have been cooperatively pursuing.
From the beginning, it has been my desire to finish well and to step away from senior leadership when the time was right. By God’s grace we have come to that time. There is growing excitement among our elders, leadership team, pastors and staff about what is ahead with our growing missionary partnerships among unreached peoples, our multisite outreach in the Tri-State area and our campus/facility expansion. Clearly, God is at work among us as He is leading Crossroads into a bright future. I deeply desire to see the church thrive in the years ahead and for this next season to be especially vital. Kaylene and I will continue faithfully serving God’s purpose through His church, although I will no longer serve as a senior leader. I have done that consistently for almost 50 years. And remember?… “There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.” Presently, we do not have a definite kingdom assignment, but we do know that, as the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:22, “As long as I am alive… there is good work for me to do.”
You should know that this transition will happen gradually and strategically over the next 3-4 months with my final weekend being May 21st -22nd… as I move from being ‘a pastor-incharge’ to ‘a pastor-at-large.’ Kaylene and I are grateful beyond words for the genuine love, the practical kindness and the deep respect you have shown to us… and the leadership you have entrusted to us. I have said it to our leaders and I want to say it to all of you today…
It will be harder for us to say goodbye to you after nearly 10 years than it was to say goodbye to the Bible College after 34 years. And it is because of the special ties that bind a shepherd to his flock… a pastor/teacher to his church. We humbly thank you for granting us the privilege of serving you and serving Jesus with you… we love you all and Crossroads will always have a very special place in our hearts!
Grace and peace,
Ken Idleman Senior Pastor,
Crossroads Christian Church