I know it's been a month since I last posted...I do apologize. It's been a rather busy month.
I have a new job.
We're selling our house.
We're moving to a new town.
Gotta find a new house.
Lauren is thinking about a new job, too.
Gotta find a new place for Noah to go to school.
I have a long commute to work now (after only driving .6 miles to work for the last 3 years).
All of this has started to fall into place in the last month...
Above all of this, my new job is as pastor of a church. So...
no more once-a-week Bible studies...it's preaching 3 times a week
no more youth events...it's praying for and following God's direction for an entire congregation.
no more following the rest of the church staff...I am the church staff (for a while anyway).
It's time to put 9 years of post-secondary education to work as a pastor. I've had a lot of practice with a lot of people watching my Student Ministry. Now, I am leading this faith community praying that we impact a community with the Gospel and for the Kingdom.
All of this is a little overwhelming, but words cannot express how excited I am. I've never had juxtaposed feelings before; I am ecstatic and terrified at the same time. I feel so conflicted. I am nervous about stepping off into this new work, but I am anticipatory about it. I am sad to leave an incredible group of students, but excited to step into what seems like an incredible church with a heart for its community. I cannot wait to see what is in store for our time together.
It's going to be an amazing ride, I'm sure. I hope that I'll be able to share all of my experiences with you who read this blog. In the meantime, I covet your prayers as my family and I as we transition to a new church, new town, new house, new jobs, new school and so much more.
grace and peace