Well, it's been a crazy past couple of weeks for me. For those of you who haven't heard, I will be resigning from my position as youth pastor at Brewster Road Alliance effective at the end of October. I've been here at my church for 5 years now and it's been a great experience seeing God work through me and in the lives of these teenagers.
Over the past year, I've sensed a need to take a break from full-time ministry - a sabbatical of sorts. God continues to work in me guiding my steps, I just don't know exactly what will come next for me. For (at least) the next year, I will be embarking on a journey after what I call "radical community." One need in my life right now is a loving group of Christians where I can be myself and that can help me process recent leadings and questions in my life. I've found such a community of believers not too far away to plug in with, and I will be moving 45 minutes away to join them for my year sabbatical which means I'll still be living in Alabama.
As for the practical things, I will be retaining my credentials with the C&MA, but will be on official sabbatical from ministry which means my degree in Youth Ministry won't get me much in the regular world of work. I'll be looking for a day job to pay the bills and will be moving in with a roommate to help split living costs. Please be in prayer with me that God would provide a great job opportunity for this season in my life.
I trust as I take this extra time and set it apart to seek after God, that He will honor my pursuit and lead me to "quiet waters" and "restore my soul." I'm both excited and anxious to see where God leads me - we'll have see how things turn out on the flip-side, thanks for reading.