I thought I would take some time to share what God has been doing in my life the last number of months and how he opened the door for me to move into the pastorate. Over the past 18 months, I have sensed God intensifying within me a desire to pastor a local church. I have worked in student ministry for the past 7 years in full-time and volunteer roles and have had a blast watching students come to faith in Christ and grow and mature in their faith. Our family has loved serving at Central Baptist Church and we love the students and parents we have had the opportunity to serve with over the past 4.5 years. This was not a decision we took lightly. We prayed fervently for God to open the right door and cause everything to fall into place. About 3 months ago we received a call from New Vision Fellowship in Dublin, GA and began the interview process with them. During the past 3 months we felt our hearts meld with theirs and we began to recognize that God was leading us to move in this direction. NVF is 8 year old church that has a passion to reach Dublin for Christ.
We are heartbroken to leave our friends at Central Baptist Church but we are beyond excited because we know we are following God’s call for our family. I preached my final sermon, as a staff member at Central, this past Sunday and read this letter of resignation:
It is with mixed emotions that I stand before you this morning. In January of 2008, I began serving as your Assistant Pastor of Students. The 4.5 years since have only served to confirm that God was in our coming here. You have been a loving, supportive, and gracious congregation. It has been a great joy for our family to live life together with you, to worship with you, and to serve alongside you these past years.
But now the time has come for us to say goodbye.
Last Sunday morning, I preached at, was voted on by, and was offered the position of senior pastor at New Vision Fellowship in Dublin, Georgia. We have been talking with this church for several months, and it became clear, as we continued in the process with them, that this was where God was leading us.
As I result, this morning I offer my resignation as the Assistant Pastor of Students at Central Baptist Church.
Even though we struggle with strong feelings of grief over having to say goodbye, we are excited about what God wants to do both here and in Dublin in the years ahead. As we have experienced God’s hand at work in our leaving, we can also trust that he will provide the right man to come and faithfully serve here for the cause of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We love you. And if you will allow it, we will leave Central Baptist Church feeling as if we have a forever-family in Americus, Georgia. Thank you for loving Janie, Anna, Leah, and myself. We feel blessed to have been a part of this church family. Thank you for investing in me, as a minister of the gospel, and allowing me to serve you over the past 4.5 years.
I want close with the words of the Apostle Paul, in Philippians 1:27-28, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.”
We ask for your prayers as we make this transition. God is good and He is faithful. We have seen His hand at work and we know that He will keep working!