Monday, November 10, 2008

A New Home

The last couple of weeks have been hard for my our family. (Well, the kids have been spared most of the heartache so far). The story began three years ago when God clearly called us to help plant a reformed Bible-teaching, expository-preaching church in this area. During these past three years, the biggest blessing has been to see how God has grown my husband and refined his gifts in the area of leadership, particularly in the service of teaching and preaching.

One of the greatest joys has been the strengthening and deepening of Christian friendships. True friends have been the ones who have pointed us toward Christ, encouraged us in the hard times, and stood by us when no one else did. I am thankful for these type of relationships which speak Truth to us (not just what we want to hear) and challenge us to be more like Christ.

During the last year there has been some tension among the leadership of our church about the job responsibilities of church planting leadership. Through a long series of unfortunate circumstances, we saw that in order to protect the body from division, it would be best for us to step down and find another place of worship. (If anyone has questions for us, we are more than willing to talk with you in private).

This decision has been hard and is grieving our hearts but at the same time we feel a peace about this new direction for our family. All along, our desire has been to bring glory to God with our lives. Is there regret? Not at all! We have seen God working in many ways the last three years. Our comfort has been that our service is not for any man, not even for the church, but for Him!

So now we begin the journey of looking for a new church home. Read here to find out how our first day went…


Wendy said...

I know how hard it is to make decision like these. I'll be praying for your family today.

robin said...

Praying for you all!

5honeybunns said...

I'm so thankful to be on this journey with you guys. It is such a gift that God has given us each other through this time.

gypsy@Hebrews11:13 said...

Praying for ya! Been on this journey before...wish you lived near us and could visit our church:)

Karen said...

hi jenn,
i hope that you guys can really enjoy visiting some churches and getting a glimpse into the body of Christ in the churches that you visit. i will pray for unity with you and brian as you look for your new "home". thinking of you,