The time has come for me to answer the questions many of you have asked over the last couple of weeks regarding my next steps in pastoral ministry. So here’s an up-to-date summary of where things stand currently.
I am a youth and young adult pastoral candidate at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church located in Goshen, IN. I will be preaching at Clinton Frame on the morning of October 4th at 10:30am. The following Sunday (October 11th) the congregation will vote whether or not to bring me on to the pastoral staff.
My last Sunday as a pastor at Riverside Church in South Bend will be the 27th of September pending things moving forward with Clinton Frame.
The decision to pursue this position comes after nearly 10 years of bi-vocational ministry, that is to say, I have always had another non-ministry job while working at a local church. In the early days I was able to manage the awkward schedule and financial challenges that come with bi-vocationalism, but with a family of five and Jackie working full time, we’ve discerned (alongside wise counsel), that a change is needed. Specifically, in pursuing a full-time ministry role, I want to give some of the best hours of my day to one of the things I love most, which is pastoral ministry.
The last two and a half years at Riverside Church have been so rich and rewarding. I work with a great staff of people who are committed to bringing the whole gospel to the whole person. They are also committed to loving our city well in light of the gospel which continues to bear amazing fruit. I will miss these brothers and sisters beyond words.
Lastly, we currently plan on living in South Bend until we can find a place to rent in Goshen so if any of you know of someone looking to rent out their home in that area please let me know.
We look forward to the days ahead, trusting that God will handle the logistics of moving and selling our home in South Bend if the opportunity should be given to us. Please pray for our little boys as they may be experiencing several changes in the coming months. New schools, new childcare providers, new churches, all stand to be encountered in the coming months.
Grace and Peace,