There's been something going on in my life for the past year or so, that I haven't been able to talk about on this blog. But now, some things have settled and I can finally talk. What a relief!
Yesterday I accepted a call to serve a different congregation. I'll be leaving behind the heat and humidity of the South and moving up to Northwest Iowa, where I'll be gaining some long, frigid winters. And I'll be changing roles in ministry a bit, too.
Now, those of you who know me as an Associate Pastor, or primarily as a Youth Worker, don't get yourselves all up in a fuss about my becoming a primary parish Pastor. I have sensed the call of God molding and changing my focus for quite some time now and it is the proper time for this transition in my ministry to take place. And remember, this doesn't mean I'm leaving youth ministry! I know that a lot of people who become Senior Pastor's often switch gears completely to focus on Adult Ministry and leave the youth behind as the responsibility of others. However, I'm going into a situation where I'll be encountering a very unique, close-knit community, that has the resemblance of a large family, and I'll be the only pastor on staff, so I can't very well justify "getting out" of youth ministry like many times happens. I'm excited about this transition because teaching, preaching, pastoral care, and congregational leadership have become really strong passions for me and I think this role is the best way I can carry out the fulfillment of my calling.
My family and I are very excited about our future in ministry together with First Christian Church in Spencer, Iowa. Please keep us, our move, and our ministry in your prayers.