As I’m sure some of you have noticed, blog postings have become much more sparse in recent weeks. Sometimes there are a lot of things going on behind the scenes that can’t be shared in such a public forum, but here they are.
When we moved to Nashville to help launch UC, we knew that this assignment from the Lord was a short-term assignment. We expected about two years, but the Lord has seen fit to take us a different direction. About 8 weeks ago we began praying about our place within the leadership of UC. Something just didn’t “seem” right for us, and our only response was to pray. As time wore on, all of the emotions and reasoning were about more than either one of us could bear – so we did the thing we should have done from the beginning of the process and just listened to the Lord. His response to our prayers was that it was time for us to go.
Let me stop here immediately and let everyone know that we are on great terms with the staff of UpRising Church. No arguments, no anger, no bitterness. Some folks will believe what they want to, but we’re all in great standings with each other and love each other a lot. We received an amazing send-off today, but more will come on that later.
We’re at a holding spot I had hoped we would never be in. It’s so much easier when the Lord reveals exactly where He wants you to be. Today, it’s a matter of where we’re not supposed to be. That’s tough. Although UpRising is not our “baby,” we left everything we knew and grew up with to move to Nashvegas to help launch UC. All we know is that we’re taking this time to dedicate our extra time to fasting, prayer, spiritual growth, and serving. We’ve had some churches put some stuff out on the table, but we haven’t heard from the Lord that any one of these is right – at least not yet – so for today, we take our time and prepare for whatever God has waiting for us in the next season of our lives.
We’re remaining in Nashville and we’re going to start visiting churches in upcoming weeks (whenever we’re actually back in town). We don’t believe it’s time for us to leave yet – though everything inside of us wants to run home. We’ll find a place and get involved and serve until we hear a time when God gives us direction to be a “staff member.”
This morning’s music was awesome. We rocked it hard, had a great time, and ended on Bless the Lord with our typical good time. The new worship pastor, Dave Sims, led two songs today and did a great job (more on that later). Following a great service, we had a Sunday night service (our first ever). During the service, Pastor Joe ordained me and 4 other men from our church body. It was UC’s chance to “send” us to whatever our next assignment is. I cannot say enough thanks to the staff of UC – especially Joe and Pam. We had a great time tonight, and the support from the church is overwhelming!
It was also announced that Dave Sims, who has sung backup and played bass in recent months, will be taking over as Worship Pastor for UC. That’s incredibly exciting. I don’t know that there’s anybody else in the world I’d rather turn things over to. This guy knows he’s called to pastor, is passionate about doing it right, and is an amazing musician. Guitar, Bass, Keys, Vocals – this guy can do it. He’s run sound for us on multiple occasions, but plays bass most of the time. Over and above all that – we call the Sims’ our friends. We’re so excited for them as they begin this journey.
All that said – I can’t believe what an amazing year it’s been – full of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t take back a minute of it. We have been challenged and encouraged in amazing ways – each one pushing us to grow more and more.
I’ll post more tomorrow, but that’s all I’ve got for now. Continue to follow this transition here for now, and I’ll have more info about my blog later this week.