I have been on a journey for the last several months (more like 10...). One that has now either concluded or just beginning, depending on how you look at it.
I first felt God calling me into ministry some 15 years ago. At that time, I was the lay youth leader at our small church in Ohio. I thought God was calling me into youth ministry. Some good counsel and a lot of prayer kept that from happening (seriously, it wouldn't have been good). Instead, He opened doors for me to combine my profession (media production and communications) with my passion (ministry). In 2001, for a variety of reasons, that changed. I worked in another business for a while, and had some jobs I really didn't like.
A year and a half ago, I re-discovered my true calling. God opened the door for me to join the staff at Crosswinds, part-time, as Technical Arts Director. It has been a great time. I have grown tremendously, and feel like I've been able to make a contribution to the life of the church.
As the new year turned, I began to feel a restlessness in my spirit. I felt God was preparing me for something else. My wife and I began to talk about what it would look like to join the staff of a church full-time. We began to pray for God to open doors of opportunity. After a few conversations with other churches that didn't lead anywhere, a door was clearly opened last July. After many hours of phone conversations, and a 4 day trip with my wife, we feel this is indeed a door God intends for us to go through.
Sometime during the end of November, we will launch into a new faith journey as we pack up and move our family to a suburb of Minneapolis and I join the staff of Upper Room Community as Technical Arts Director. Upper Room is a young, vibrant and growing community of believers with a great staff. In all of our conversations, things just clicked and fell into place. So, as much as we are sad to leave a body of believers we've come to know and love, we are very excited about what God is going to do in and through us and we move into full-time ministry.
Personally, I'm looking forward to devoting all my work hours to one enterprise and leading a team of technical artists. I expect it will be a challenging and stretching season. I also hope to have a little more time to work on this little web project I've started.
To all my Crosswinds family, thanks for welcoming me into your midst and letting me serve. You have truly been a blessing in my life, and I do hope we can stay connected. To other readers, thank you for indulging me with a little personal stuff here. Next week we will return to our regularly scheduled programming.