Hey friends, I wanted to share some big news in our family and my work, and I’d love to frame these changes in the bigger context of a couple decades of ministry. Skip to end if you don’t feel like reading it all. I posted a shorter version of this on Facebook and Instagram, but I felt like my blog gives me the freedom to unpack things a bit more for those who might care.
Not long after finishing seminary in 2002, I remember sitting in my new church office in upstate NY where I was serving as a Lead Pastor at the time and coming to the realization that I might be in the wrong role. That maybe, ‘Lead Pastor’ was not the right seat on the bus for me, at least at that time. Over the next six months, I spent a lot of time praying, seeking wisdom, and getting input from others. I felt like God slowly but clearly revealed my life’s mission saying “Your job—for the rest of your days—is to help others in the church bring vision into reality”. That new life mission ultimately led us out of that great church (King’s Chapel) as we helped plant Terra Nova Church in New York’s capital region. Those 9 years as the Executive Pastor with that team were an absolute blast, as together, we saw vision become reality at our church as well as in the northeast region for Acts 29 Network.
And then that season at Terra came to an end through super clear guidance from the Holy Spirit (I have a whole sermon about it) that ultimately led us to central Florida where I became the Executive Pastor at Mosaic Church and began helping a growing team bring vision into reality. What a wild and action packed ride these last 8 years have been. I will always look back at the projects I got to be involved in with great fondness. But more importantly, each of those projects involved an incredible team of people for whom I was deeply privileged to work with and will miss greatly.
Now, as our 8 years at Mosaic come to an end, and I round the corner on two decades of serving on staff in local churches, I’m excited for this new season of helping lots of church leaders bring vision into reality throughout the country as I join the team at Elevate Group! For the last 20 years, I’ve given the bulk of my efforts to one church at a time, and then served other churches with my leftovers. Now, I get to the bulk of my time into all sorts of churches and I can’t wait to do so.
I first met Chris Willard, (co-founder at Elevate) in 2015 when we brought him in to help with a major new initiative at Mosaic. Along the way we became great friends and I guess it was only a matter of time before we started working together in a more formal capacity. He and Greg Morris’s new organization is already having a massive impact on churches all over as they help “increase engagement and multiply results”. In so many ways, their companies mission aligns so clearly with the calling language that has guided me personally—“helping bring vision into reality”. This is really just the next step in that journey.
As a side note, I’m equally excited for the freedom this work will give me to put even more time into some of the other ways that I have loved serving pastors, leaders and churches in the last few years. If all goes according to plan, I’ll eventually find myself putting about 60% of my time into helping churches work through Generosity issues for major initiatives, building campaigns, or just looking deeply at their overall approach to giving. I’m committed to putting up to another 20% of my time into coaching Executive Pastors. In the past I’ve always had to limit the amount of time I invested in that to balance it out with my main church job. And the last 20% of my work time will hopefully find a home on the pages of new book projects I’m dying to work on as well as short articles here and there that benefit the church at large. My wife Aimee also has some ministry goals and I want to press into some of those dreams for the future. Stay tuned for more on all that down the road.
If you read this far, thanks! Please pray for us. This has been a crazy year for sure, but this new step of faith feels really right for Aimee and I at this time and it flows out of many months of prayer.