Angie and I have been walking through the process of following God’s call to a new ministry. We had a very emotional morning today at Bethel as we shared the news that I am resigning as Pastor and my last Sunday will be July 4th. I am accepting a position on the pastoral staff of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California and we’ll be moving there in early July.
This move has nothing at all to do with any circumstances in our present ministry. We love the Bethel family deeply and the process of deciding to move to another ministry field has been extremely difficult because of this. Our family has spent nearly five years here developing relationships and friendships that we hope will last a lifetime. Our daughter trusted Christ and was baptized at Bethel. We’ve grown spiritually here, and we’re going to miss our church and our northwest Arkansas community very dearly.
We’re also very excited about what the future holds. I’ll be one of about 35 Pastors on staff at Saddleback and my speicific role relates to connecting with Pastors all over the place for the purpose of encouraging and equipping them in their ministries. I’ll also serve as Editor of Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox and other publications.
I look forward to being a part of such a great team and learning from the peers God places around me there. My prayer since entering ministry has been, “God use me up.” I pray He does that in southern California. More than anything, I want to be a person of influence for the kingdom. I have a passion for utilizing new media outlets to help Pastors become better communicators of the gospel, and better connectors with their congregations and their culture.
Our family is currently searching for housing and we’re praying and working through all of the details that come along with such a significant re-location. We ask your prayers during this time. For a variety of reasons, it’s emotionally intense, and we want to keep our eyes squarely focused on the God who is calling us.