Today marks the one year anniversary of the day I stepped away from the church I planted. It has been one heck of a year. I have been all over the map with emotions and opportunities. Some of you have probably already read the spoiler and know that I am finally at a point of contentment, and God has done some really powerful yet painful work on my heart. He’s still working on it and will continue to do so.

There are several people who have been absolutely wonderful in this last year. I may forget some names, but I want to acknowledge some people. They probably don’t realize the impact they made since last September, but I want to look back at how faithful God is and how He used these people.

  1. First, I want to thank my former pastor Josh Ratliff and the wonderful people of Welcome Wesleyan Church. They stood with us and loved us, even if they weren’t sure if we were coming or going. Pastor Josh, our connection group, and several others in the church prayed for us as we were trying to navigate through some uncertainty. We are blessed to be a part of one of the best churches in America.
  2. I want to thank Pastor Alan Bagwell who gave me my first preaching opportunity (and the only one lol) after I stepped away from Overcomers Church. I drove 4 hours, but it was worth it. The people of Cordesville First Baptist Church were wonderful.
  3. Several pastors and churches talked to me about helping them or coming on staff. The processes were wonderful, and they helped confirm what I am to do in this season. Among those were Pastor Jeff Davis and his wife, Joni, Pastor Tim Porter, and Pastor Josh Thomas. Each pastor reminded me that God still wanted to use my gifts in the body of Christ.
  4. The people who were a part of Overcomers Church throughout the nearly two years it met have been very affirming. A few issues left things not ending well, but I am glad to say God has worked those things out and brought restoration.
  5. This may sound funny, but many connections through this blog and social media have been encouraging. The Holy Spirit used you to minister a word in due season. For that, I am very thankful.
  6. My friends who have stood with me in a ton of seasons are too many to name. You are people stemming all the way back to my days growing in Virginia to friends in college to those I encountered through various churches where I served.
  7. Last, but not least, I can’t help but thank my wife, children, and other family. Because we are a blended family, my oldest kids more quickly remember me as daddy/worship leader/pastor. My wife and the younger kids have not been with me the whole journey. Never once did they resist our investigation of potential opportunities. I feel like I have yanked them from church to church, but I’m glad they enjoy the adventure of ministry without borders.

I’m a huge anniversary celebrator. I look back upon days and lessons learned. Nothing is wasted. So I give my greatest shoutout to the Lord Jesus Christ. As the songwriter penned, “This my song through endless ages, Jesus led me all the way.” Hallelujah!

2 thoughts on “Shout-Outs

  1. We so seldom stop to mark milestones or celebrate because ministry is like laundry and dishes – you get done with one batch and the next is waiting. Searching and figuring out is hard work – same too in retirement. Some in our church are reading “Women rowing north”. It seems just at the time we think things are together, we get a nudge or call to step out in faith and God gives us good traveling/journey partners. Prayers for strength to keep going. – fellow traveler Barb

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