On Mission in Alabama

Many of you have heard by now that Megan and I will be transitioning our ministry to a church plant in Birmingham, Alabama.   It's been difficult to explain the emotional tension between bitter and sweet that this new opportunity brings to us.  On one hand we are so excited to be following the call of God in our lives and on the other we are heartbroken to leave the people we've grown so close to.   I am so thankful that God brought us to CDAC in this season because this church has treated us like family and it's been an absolute joy to serve here. 

On August 1st we will be making our way down I-81 to Birmingham, Alabama to take part in a church plant of the C&MA.  Things will be different for sure.  Neither Megan nor myself will be taking a salary from the church, we will no longer be working with teens, and we will have to start using words like y'all and fixin'.  We are excited to be learning how to disciple others and how to plant a church in a post-church culture.

There are three things I'd like you to consider as CDAC sends us out into the "mission field."

1. God has always been faithful.

CDAC has a rich history of serving the community, worshiping in spirit and in truth, and equipping people for ministry.  It's incredible to hear of the men and women that this church has touched in the past 75 years.  I have no doubt that God will continue to use CDAC as a place where people encounter God.  

2. God is still working.

As I shared a few weeks ago, we are leaving in the midst of good times.  God is working in and through people's lives right now at CDAC and it's awesome.  Home Groups are thriving, the youth ministry is growing, and we can't seem to find room for all the people coming on Sunday morning.  I am so glad that the next pastor who comes after me will be entering a healthy place.

3. God will provide.

As you pray with the Elders for the next staff pastor, know that God is a provider and will give the church exactly the person He wants to be here.  He has already been working in that person's heart and has been leading him here.  Pray that the Lord's will be done at Circle Drive in these next few months.  

If You're Tired and You Know It…(clap, clap)

From the March 2015 Newsletter

I was tired all of last week. Not just normal tired but more of a feeling that I had nothing left to give yet there was so much more being asked of me. It was as if I ran out of gas several miles away from any gas station and yet I still had many miles left to travel. I think many of us can relate to this for some reason or another. Maybe we've over extended ourselves and committed to too many things.

Sometimes we have seasons where we find it hard to say no or there are time sensitive assignments that occur in times where there are events scheduled at the same time. Whatever the reason is most of us can sympathize with being tired. As I was reading through the scriptures I came across Isaiah 40:28-31. As Isaiah was writing to the people of Israel who were in captivity they needed to be reminded that God was their strength in their time of weakness. Here are three things I believe we can learn from the words found in Isaiah. 

1. God does not get tired. 

God can commit to so many things and remain faithful. He doesn't need to worry about over extending himself or having to say no because he is exhausted. He doesn't even get tired with the many requests and problems of His children. When we have so many people asking so many things of us it can become easy to just stop listening and put ourselves on auto-pilot. God doesn't do this with us. When we have a real need or concern we can come to God knowing that it's not a burden for Him. Because God is an "everlasting God" He operates outside of time. Because He operates outside of time it's quite easy for Him to give us His time when we need it. If we are tired, we need to remember the one who always has time for us. 

2. He gives strength to those who are tired. 

God is the ultimate supplier of strength. He has an abundance of power and he longs to administer that power to those that call on Him. God wants His people to be strong because it actually displays His power and glory. God is all about getting the glory. He wants our lives to reflect how great He is. So if we rely on His strength He will ultimately receive glory. 

3. It is better to wait on God than to jump the gun. 

"Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength." When we are tired we need to ask ourselves the question "Have I said yes to things that God would have wanted me to say no to?" There are many good things out there to spend our time on but not all things are for us. We need to make sure that we know what God wants from us so that we can say with wisdom" yes" or "no". Ministry is to get involved with what God is already doing, not asking God to bless what we are doing. Let's take time to acknowledge what God is already doing and wait on Him for the cues.