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This morning our Pastor announced to the church that the financial situation at the church has necessitated some major changes for the coming year.  We have had many families lose their jobs this year, and with that the offerings have also suffered.  With that news, it was then announced that two of the full-time staff pastors would be leaving to find new positions.  I am one of those.

We have been here in Wichita for right at a year and a half.  We have loved the opportunity that we have had to be involved at Glenville, and have learned a lot in the time we have been here.  The people love God and love others.  I would have to say this church is a great example of what a grace-filled church is all about, as they are so very accepting of people.  The staff has also been a blast to work with.  We will miss everyone dearly.  This has been a great experience for us.

Our next steps do not simply include a change of churches to serve in.  After a long time of prayer and seeking counsel, I feel that God is moving me into another direction in ministry as well.  I love music, that will never change, but that season of ministry is coming to a close.  I will be seeking a church in which to serve as their Lead Pastor, or some other Administrative/Executive Pastor role.

As I said, we will miss the people that we are currently serving along side with.  It is never easy to move on. But we are excited to see what God is going to do with us in the future.  I love what Job said in Job 23:13-14:

“But he alone is God, and who can oppose him? God does as he pleases, and he will do exactly what he intends with me.”

We covet your prayers for our family as we take our next steps.  We hold on to the knowledge that God knows what He is doing with us.  We just want to hold on and go for the ride!

That’s right! After 6 lonnnnng months of seeking God’s direction for our family, we have accepted a position at Glenville Church in Wichita, KS. Starting August 24th, I will be the Pastor of Worship Arts there and will work with a creative team to lead our church in fresh, relevant and meaningful worship using a variety of expressions. We are very excited to be getting involved with a very forward looking church that is not afraid to do things that others are not doing so they can reach people that others are not reaching. Needless to say, we have a lot of work to do to even get there (full time with the family). We need to sell our house first, and then the rest will come. Our God is a big God, and know He can do more than we could ever ask or think. He has done that by allowing us this opportunity, and I know He will do that in the details of getting us there. Please keep us in your prayers as we make this transition. The kids are excited, but will certainly miss there friends. I will post as often as I can through this transition.