I'm so excited!!
Friends from a former church we used to attend together announced last night, via social media, since is was "real-life" official, that they were venturing into the world of full-time ministry. They are taking a campus pastor position at one of the campuses of an area church.
The transition though...they have a road in front of them. Though life has been busy and we haven't connected with them in a while, one of these days, I'd like to get the full story; as he acknowledged that this was a change that he didn't see coming. Though they have been active in church ministry at some level for as long as I've known them, he is stepping out of a corporate gig in order to fulfill this calling and pursue this opportunity.
Steps of faith like this always amaze me. I have my suspicions as to the reasons why, but that's neither here nor there... at least not right now.
It doesn't matter if steps like this are taken at the onset one's ministry or well-seasoned and versed in ministry matters. What's next with God is miraculous balance of excitement given the level of unknown variables that exist. It's as if decisions in the corporate world can be narrowed down to specific, calculated risks while ministry decisions barely account for the risks. The sovereign hand of God simply trumps any calculated risks we could consider when it comes to ministry.
Yet, no matter where one is in ministry, no matter what they are instilling in their audience about the Christian faith, His purpose outweighs the plans of man. It's eternal. It's fulfilling. It's ever-lasting. More rewarding. The list is endless.
Whatever the process, nothing man does holds a candle to what God desires to accomplish through those who are open to going wherever He leads. Even at the most unexpected times and places of life.
Join me, this #youthPastorWednesday, as we pray for those both in ministry and debating the prospect of ministry. May there be an overwhelming peace and confidence as God reveals His plans for their lives, whether for the first time or the next time. Pray for an unshakeable trust, even when the illuminated steps of our path are few to zero. Pray for God's provision and protection as such steps are taken; that resources, people and funds would at the picture as God ordains; frustrating and unsettling as His timing may be... may His peace surpass all our understanding.
For He works all things together.
Even when the change is unexpected.
For the supernatural move of God
Supersedes the natural works of man.
Every time. Without fail.
For the glory of God and the cause of Jesus Christ.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.