When I tell people about my upcoming move, I get any of a number of questions, understandably. Here are some answers to those questions:
When are you going?
I’ll be leaving North Carolina at the end of April. After spending a couple of weeks in Kansas with family as my stuff makes it’s own journey, I’ll end up in Colorado mid-May.
What will you be doing for a job?
Good question. I don’t know what I’ll be doing to earn a living! I will be seeking full-time employment in some capacity. I’m financially prepared for this hunt to take a few months, though I’d love it if it didn’t.
What’s your role with the church plant?
I’ll not have any formal title, but I hope to play an integral role. In a church there are numerous things that have to be done…and I hope to help with many things: ministry, setup, outreach, etc.
What about a church building?
While many people think of a “church” as a building, that’s not how I’m using it here. Of course, as a church, we’ll meet in a building of some type, but we will likely not have a building of our own for some time. It’s not that important to the true functions of the church.
I was prepared to go wherever my friends were going, but I was pumped to find out it was Denver. Ever since moving to North Carolina 8 years ago, I assumed that at some point I’d be heading west to help with a church plant. Of course, I didn’t expect it would take me so long to actually act upon that.
I’ve never felt like I’ve fit in the south. The people here are great, but they often have different thoughts and views than I do. Me and my hippie ways will fit in better in Denver, where I’ll get to use my hippiness to reach out to others.
Are you just going to Denver to get baked?
Ha, no. The decision to move to Denver happened before the legalization of marijuana there. I have no more interested in pot than I ever have (which is to say, no interest).
How will you handle the weather?
Everyone knows that Denver gets a good bit of snow. I don’t particularly like to be out in the snow, but I’ll survive.
What most people don’t know is that Denver is particularly sunny. It’s 300 days of sun a year is more than known sunny destinations like southern Florida or California. Sure, it can get cold in winter, but overall, their winters are fairly mild.
The altitude and dry conditions make for wild temperature swings during the day. That’s great for my hippy tendency of not using A/C.
Aren’t you scared to go alone?
I’d be lying if I said I was fearless. But I don’t really feel like I’m going alone. My friends are already in Denver and visiting there last week I met a few others that were all really welcoming.
More importantly, as a believer I know that I never go anywhere alone. God is always for and with me. Recently Psalm 37:23-24 has been coming to mind a lot:
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.”
What a comfort!