Some of you already know the news I'm about to write because I've called you, told you face to face, or you were at church this morning. The rest of you... here it goes...
For the last couple of months, I've been seeking God's direction for my life. I always do this, of course, but this season has been centered on my career and calling. For the last 5 years, I've worked as a staff pastor at Antelope Christian Center near Sacramento, California.
Recently I had a possible job opportunity that would have given me the chance to blend my passion for ministry with my passion for editing and writing. The job, unfortunately, didn't work out, but the opportunity began to stir something inside of me. I entered a season of simply asking, "God, is this where You want me to be? Is it time to move on to a different place of ministering and serving?"
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Seattle and had some great "God time." I returned home with a clear sense that yes, it was time to talk to my pastor about leaving my role at the church and taking the next step God has for me. We met last week, met with the church board, and then announced the news to the congregation this morning.
So, what's my next step?
I have no idea. And that thought both terrifies and excites me.
I'm confident God is in all of this. I'm confident He has a much better plan than anything I could dream or concoct or manufacture. I'm confident He will reveal the next step at the right time and in the right way.
So that's where I am. If I had my choice, the next step would involve freelance editing for organizations, publications, and writers who are communicating the love of God to a wide audience. I have several "lines in the water" and will begin the process of seeing what doors may open. At the center of it all, of course, will be my prayer for God to reveal His plan and purpose.
Otherwise, what's the point?