As many of you know, three years ago my family and I moved to St. Louis to pursue a Masters of Divinity at Covenant Seminary. The last three years have been some of the most fruitful and challenging years. The Lord has been so kind to grow our family in all respects—emotionally, spiritually and physically (with the birth of Owen in October 2016). Throughout our time at Covenant, I have worked on staff as a Church Planting Resident at The Summit, an Acts29 church in O’Fallon, Missouri. Again, the Lord was so kind to provide us such an incredible church to worship and grow in. The staff at The Summit have been an amazing blessing to our family and we are eternally grateful to God what he has done through that place.
Now that I am nearing graduation (two days, to be exact!), many of you have asked what is next for our family. I wanted to write a short blog giving you an update on our family in regards to future ministerial opportunities.
A NEW CHAPTER
For the past eight months, I have been actively pursuing jobs within a ten-hour bubble from home. These positions ranged from Executive Pastor, Associate Pastor, Solo Pastor, Discipleship Pastor, and Lead Pastor. After eight months of diligent search, we are still in the process of interviewing with potential churches throughout the Southwest and West. Since none of these churches are in the final stages, we have decided to return home to Las Cruces to continue the job search while also spending some much needed time resting from full-time school. We plan to move next week and will be in town by the end of May.
After my family moved to St. Louis, I was meditating upon Jesus’ words in Mark 10, where Jesus proclaims that it is a blessing to leave the comfortable in order to follow God’s call on your life. In this season of uncertainty, I am praying that God would grant us the same faith as we walk into a season of instability and unknown. Our hope and security will not found in a stable job or in verifiable next steps, but in the faithfulness and providence of our God, who always cares for his children.
We invite you to pray with us in this season of instability, that God would grant us faith to trust in him, while also for potential ministry jobs in the future. After three years, we are excited to eat green chile, watch a sunset, and connect with old friends and family. See you soon, Las Cruces!