I’m sure you’d forgotten that I had a blog. I forgot for a while myself. You know how that pesky “real life” sometimes gets in the way of our online communications. Sorry about that. But we have had quite a busy and heavy season of late (which I hope to update y’all more on soon). But I did want to take a a bit of your time and mine to update you on a big change.
Yesterday, we began a new chapter. I am in the process of of going part-time with the church family I helped plant six years ago. This (or something like this) has been coming for a while now.
As many of you know, late last year, my church family was gracious enough to provide me with a three-month sabbatical. Not only was this a much needed time of rest, it provided me with the opportunity of stepping back a bit to gain some clarity.
Since I lead the planting of Church of the Cross, I, sort of by default, became the sole full-time employee. This worked for several years. But it wasn’t sustainable because it meant that I was being asked to do things I’m simply not gifted at.
I now realize that God has blessed me with visionary leadership but humbled me with a lack of attention to implementation. In other words, I have a clear vision of where we’re going. Just don’t ask me how we’ll get there. This is great for the very early days of a church plant but not so great as people buy into that vision. More people always means the necessity of more structure and I’m just not the best “structure” guy.
This, of course, led to the frustrations of many. But it also lead me to prayerfully consider whether or not I was the best use of our church family’s financial resources. If anything, maybe I shouldn’t be full-time anymore. Maybe we should try to hire someone (at least part-time) to do the things I’m not good at. This was humbling to say the least. It was, for me, what is sometimes referred to as the “founder’s dilemma” (what should the founder of something let go of and when should they do it?). I love our church family deeply and I want the best for our family. And that has meant that I should probably free up some financial resources so that someone can focus on the things I stink at which frustrate everyone.
So, some time last year, my wife and I began praying for an opportunity that would allow me to stay part-time with Church of the Cross, while freeing up significant resources to people who can figure out how we’ll get from point A to point B. I am incredibly blessed to be part of an elder team that believes in and practices shared leadership, so I knew our church family would be cared for well, it was just a matter of finding the right opportunity that would allow me the opportunity to step back a bit from the day-to-day-detail operations of our church family.
And God is good. He has provided just such an opportunity for me and my family. Today, I started my first day in the new position of Area Vice-President of Church Relations for Apartment Life. I will be responsible for building church partnerships with Apartment Life (if you’re not familiar with Apartment Life, please read here) and recruiting missionary teams from those churches. In other words, I will get to encourage people to live everyday life with Gospel intentionality. I could not be more excited.
Please pray for me, my family, Church of the Cross and Apartment Life during this transition time. It is a great fit but there are always hiccups along the way. I am incredibly excited to begin this new chapter of life and I’d love to hear your thoughts.