For the past 9 months, my wife and I have been exploring what we believed to be a call from God to plant a church. For the past four months, we have known where and a general when. But it is only since yesterday that we can speak openly and confidently about it. That is because yesterday, we went public. Yesterday, my sermon, to the church I have known and loved for the last half decade, was a testimony of God’s plan for my family to leave our church family.
It is a strange thing to look at a group of people you have prayed for, served, and loved for 5 years and tell them God has called you elsewhere. It feels almost like abandonment. I feel like a bad parent. I am telling my kids I have loved them, but God has given me a greater love somewhere else. It just feels like I should feel bad, but I don’t.
I know that God has called us forward. I also know that God will call others forward in our absence. This is how God’s kingdom works. God is the only irreplaceable person in any church.
SO in our movement forward, God is already moving behind us. He is good.