I am going to blog more about this later, but for all you who haven’t heard, I will be resigning as associate pastor of Fallbrook First Baptist Church. Instead of rewriting something else, here’s the letter I read to the congregation last Sunday:
The strange and awesome providence of God guided me to Fallbrook First Baptist 879 days ago. God used this church to grow me in ways I could have never imagined; to reveals things about myself that I never expected; to shape me in a way that will define the rest of my life. Ashley and I have received more grace than we deserve. We’ve been given much wisdom. We’ve been invested in by countless individuals. God has been merciful to this wretched sinner by allowing me to serve here these last two years. I praise God for what he’s given me here.
For the past year I’ve desired to further my ministerial training by going to seminary. I was not sure how I would be able to make it happen, so Ashley and I began to pray. In time, I decided that The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley was the best choice for me. But we still weren’t sure how we’d do it.
I was thinking about starting full time at the seminary this fall, but considering the long distance, our new baby Emma, and the responsibilities I still had here, it wouldn’t have worked. So instead I decided to start part time in the fall, and for the last month, I’ve been taking 5.5 units. I’ve loved it.
In fact, since last March, I’ve had a deep and growing desire to go to seminary full-time, and finish before Emma and our future kids are old enough to remember all the hours I spend doing homework. I wasn’t sure how it was all going to work out until I got a call from a CB church in Canoga Park, a First Baptist church fifteen minutes away from the seminary.
They have offered me the position of associate pastor to oversee youth and worship ministries, and I have accepted their offer. November 1st I will be starting up there and Lord willing, next semester I’ll be able to start full-time at the seminary.
I trust that Fallbrook First Baptist will continue to flourish without me. I see this as my life’s indispensable training ground. I am forever indebted this church family as the launching pad for my life in ministry. And now, we are trusting God as we take what we believe is the next step.
So, I will be resigning associate pastor of Fallbrook First Baptist Church, effective October 31st, 2010.
Again, thank you for everything. We covet your prayers.
More to come on this subject; I feel like I have much to write about. Feel free to ask any questions!