When Megan Mottet heard God calling her to something new, she listened intently to where she would be led. In prayer, she heard Him calling her back to work after seven years as a stay-at-home mom.
“For the last two or three years, I had this sense that God was calling me out,” she says. “I had other ideas — it was not what ended up happening. This ended up being bigger than my own ideas.”
With a background as a mental health therapist, she knew she wasn’t being called back into the field, but she didn’t anticipate where God would lead her. “I had no idea this position was coming,” Megan says. “In January, I had updated my resume thinking I would apply for something else, but felt God tell me ‘No’ when I went to turn it in. Several weeks later, when it was announced Deacon Tim was retiring as the Director of Faith Formation, I felt God tell me that was the position for which He wanted me to apply. I only had to change one line on my newly updated resume to have it ready.”
She continued to take it to prayer. “Through the whole process of applying and interviewing, I spent a lot of time in prayer,” Megan says. “I would say, ‘Lord, I don’t want this if You don’t want me to do it. I only want the heart for this if this is Your plan.’ My desire only deepened as I prayed that prayer.”
In July, she began her new position. Because she has been a part of many ministries, she has a working knowledge of many areas of our parish life and was able to hit the ground running. She did so by establishing relationships with some ministries, deepening existing relationships with others, co-leading the development of new communication strategies, learning the ropes to eventually lead the RCIA program, grasping the administrative duties, taking annulment advocate training, and planning exciting changes in the children’s and youth ministries. Like any job, there have been adjustments, but Megan is excited to see how the new plans unfold in the coming months.
Megan appreciates that this position provides her with a different level of involvement with parishioners and the church community. “I have spent many years teaching my kids about God and the beauty of our Catholic faith. Then I began to share more with friends and extended family. Now, I get to help people mold their own faith to a greater level.” Watching family, friends and now fellow parishioners grow closer to Jesus and become intentional disciples in their own lives is a joyful blessing for Megan.
At the parish level, she recognizes how much is happening behind the scenes. She emphasizes the importance of staying steadfast in her faith and prayer life.
“It’s very important to stay grounded with Jesus. I can see how it could easily get overwhelming, and I could lose sight of why God put me here,” she says. “There’s so much more happening than just your time at Mass. There are a lot of needs and many ways for people to step in and help. The more hands we have for the various things happening with the parish, the better for God’s kingdom.
“My prayer is to provide a faith-building path for as many as possible in our community,” she adds. One that encourages involvement and discipleship, so our parish will flourish and be a beacon of God’s light for generations to come.”