Yesterday, July 17, 2011, I announced to Cornerstone that I would be resigning as their senior pastor. I have been accepted into the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting with Harvest Bible Fellowship and will begin training this fall. As Courtney and I transition from one chapter of our lives to another, we have mixed emotions.
We love the people of Cornerstone. When you experience life with people as their pastor, you become very attached. Many of them have started their relationship with Jesus under my ministry. Others have decided to get serious about loving Him with their lives. I have cried with them as they have suffered through cancer, the loss of loved ones, or as they have lived through the difficulties of life. I have rejoiced at major spiritual decisions, the birth of their children, marriages, etc. We’ve spent hours just hanging out with them, enjoying just being together…with good food of course.
Leaving Cornerstone is hard. Many tears have been and will be shed.
Just as we are sad about the closing of one chapter, we are very excited about the opening of another. I am honored to be a Harvest Bible Chapel Church Planter!
Cornerstone was my first senior ministry and when I came, I didn’t know who I was. Over the past seven years, I’ve had the opportunity to discover where my convictions lie and to develop my philosophy of ministry. The more I discovered about Harvest the more convinced I became….THIS is where I belong.
The passion for Jesus and desire to put God’s glory on full display was a perfect match. Just watching the Vertical Church Video by James MacDonald, I found myself saying “Yes! That’s it exactly!” I am excited about building a church on the four pillars (check out this video if you are not familiar with them already). And I resonated with the PASSION and excitement I found there. Teaming with this fellowship is an incredible honor. God brought this opportunity to me, and He has opened the door wide. It’s with great excitement that we walk through the door, trusting Him to do great things.
Here are some important details:
-We begin training on Sept. 6th. My family and I will be moving to an apartment in Elgin, IL. The training will last four months with a month-long internship to follow. We will be on our planting site in February. As of right now, we are not sure where that will be.
-My last Sunday at Cornerstone will be August 14th.
-We need to raise $7,000 of support. If you would like to invest in what God is doing in our lives, just comment below with your email address…we will be in touch!
In the weeks prior to our announcement yesterday, I cried out to God that Cornerstone would be loving, supportive, and encouraging. They were all those things and more. Many tears were shed, yet many expressed excitement for us as we follow God. I asked God for calm and peace as I made the announcement. I felt His comforting presence in a big way. He has answered our prayers in mind-blowing ways already…I can’t wait to see how He will display His glory in our lives as we follow Him in this exciting adventure!