Turn the page: A new chapter begins

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything.1 While there are many reasons for the hiatus, busyness, by far, has been the biggest reason.

At the beginning of June I resigned as pastor of the Mount Union Wesleyan Church, where I have served as pastor since August of 2007. My resignation marked the end of wonderful season of life and ministry––a rewarding and fruitful season that Crystal and I are grateful for (see accompanying pictures).

When I resigned we didn’t know where we would be going or what I would be doing. We resigned, in faith, believing that God had released us from our ministry in Mount Union and that we were being led to a place that would later be made clear.

In the month+ since I resigned, we’ve had a lot of time to process and reflect upon our time in Mount Union. While serving at Mount Union, we welcomed both of our children into the world (and our home). We’ve seen lives changed and people step out in faith. Individuals and teams have been dispatched on short-term mission trips. Families have been commissioned to help plant Overflow Church in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Lives have been changed. And, we’ve cultivated friendships that will endure. Saying ‘goodbye’ has been difficult, especially when we didn’t know where we were going or the particulars of what we would be doing.

Through it all, God has been faithful.

Doors opened.

Along the way, we met some great people and have forged new friendships.

On two occasions, we’ve received an unanimous invitation to serve/minister. Both opportunities were unexpected and the invitations very much appreciated. Both congregations extended hospitality and love beyond what we could ever expect. So, needless to say, the decision of what to do and where to serve was not an easy one.

After a great deal of prayer, and with no small amount of confirmation regarding our decision, I am pleased to announce that I have accepted the invitation of the First United Methodist Church of Hanover to join their staff as Associate Pastor (see accompanying pictures). As Associate Pastor, I’ll share in the preaching responsibilities with the Senior Pastor and will offer guidance and direction regarding the discipleship of children, youth and adults.

My time at MUWC will draw to a close in the near future and my time at FUMC of Hanover will begin toward the middle of August. In the time between, we’ll be packing, loading a moving truck and attempting to close on a house. With that in mind, we would appreciate your prayers.

 


 

Footnotes:

  1. My most recent blog post was on May 22nd. It was a post that led to my most recent tweet. I did have a more recent Facebook post thanks to the eleven years of marital bliss that I celebrated with Crystal.

[Video] The Backwards Brain Bicycle

Last night, unable to sleep, I stumbled across the following video. It is worth a watch for entertainment value alone, but I cannot stop thinking about the video’s content as it relates to other topics: spiritual formation, leading both oneself and others successfully through change(s), etc. With that in mind, I would encourage you to watch the video. Then, if you are interested, I’d like to invite you to subscribe to my blog, so that you can be notified regarding upcoming posts exploring the implications of the video with regard to such things as personal transformation, discipleship, leadership and the like. I hope that the video, and forthcoming posts, will spark a conversation. So, please, take a moment to leave a comment or two.

What ‘The Backwards Bicycle’ can teach us about…

  • Spiritual formation
  • Personal transformation
  • Leadership

[Photos] Mount Union, PA: Thousand Steps (1000 Steps)

I’m proud of Quinton. For the last few days, Crystal and Maddie have been away. As part of our father-son time, Quinton wanted to try to best our reaching of step 700 last year. He not only made it to the top, but managed to spend a couple of hours exploring the mountainside. Good times.