I’ve not been too chatty around here lately. One reason, is that the thing that has been on my mind the most, I’ve not been sharing on social media.
But that changes today.
Later this spring, I’ll be moving, Lord-willing, from Raleigh, North Carolina to Denver, Colorado.
Here’s the story of how I came to this point:
In October 2011, I lost my job of 6 years. I was aware that the days were numbered at our non-profit in the couple of months leading up to that point, so I started praying and exploring what God might have for me next. Early on, I remember the leader of my church small group at the time suggest considering church planting*. I quickly and firmly shot the suggestion down.
But God had other plans. Within a month, I spent a very tearful Sunday that led to me asking our pastoral staff about church planting opportunities. The North American Church Planting Foundation was having their annual conference that week, so I was invited to attend.
At the conference, I sat next to a friend. When I found out from her that her husband was planning on leading a church planting team, I was sold. I didn’t know when or where they were going, but having worked alongside them in the children’s ministry for several years, I knew that was who I wanted to go with. While I did prayerfully considered the details and sought counsel, I never really had any reservations.
That was over 2 years ago. Since then I found a job that I loved, but my long-term plan has never changed. As hard as the thought of leaving what I have here is, I’m comforted by Matthew 19:29:
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.”
The sacrifice I’m making is truly a small one, especially in light of all that can be gained. I’ll post again late this week answering the common questions I get, but feel free to ask more in the comments!
*Church planting is where people (usually a team) leave one church (with its blessing) to start another, usually in a different area.