I have been serving as a worship leader and working with the youth at Wadsworth for the past six years and just loving it. I’ve begun going through the candidacy process in the United Methodist Church to help clarify for me exactly where it is that God is calling me to serve him. I have been able to serve in a number of ways both at my church and through things like the Emmaus community. Most of the time it is through my music – sometimes it’s technical (being a geek is good) – sometimes it’s youth.
Beth and I have been at the Wadsworth United Methodist Church for the past ten plus years. The church – the people that make up the Wadsworth United Methodist Church – has become our second family. It is the place where Beth came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. All three of our children were baptized there. Wadsworth has been a place that has loved and supported Beth and I when our marriage was struggling. They have allowed me to work with the youth and have given me the opportunity to lead Christ’s people in worship on Sunday mornings. Beth and I have been encouraged and challenged by the staff and other members to step out of our comfort zones on a number of occasions and in doing so we learned that nothing is too far out of a comfort zone when you have Christ!
Over the last six years I have been a member of a family that is the Wadsworth United Methodist Church’s Praise Team. I have had the privilege of leading worship with an amazing group of people who have a heart and passion for Christ and for His people. It is only because of the love and support of the people at the Wadsworth United Methodist Church I have grown as a man, as a musician, as a worshiper, as a husband, as a father, as a leader, as a person…and most importantly as a disciple of Christ.
Which brings me to where God is leading me now. This Sunday will be my last Sunday to lead worship at the Wadsworth United Methodist Church. Beginning March 1st, I have accepted a position on staff at the Rittman United Methodist Church. I will be responsible for planning and launching a new contemporary service (fall of 2009) and for building and maintaining a web site for the church along with other technical needs.
This is bittersweet. I have no doubt that this is where God is calling me to serve him right now. The way that this all came to be could only have been orchestrated by God. I am very excited about what he has planned both for me and for the Rittman United Methodist Church. Of course, it also means I am leaving behind all of the amazing people at the Wadsworth United Methodist Church.
To my family at Wadsworth – Thank you. Thank you for accepting me and loving me, thank you for loving Beth and our kids. Thank you for being a part of our lives and giving us unending support. We will miss you all on Sunday mornings but the joyful thing is that we aren’t moving and we are looking forward to finding new ways to continue to cultivate the relationships that have been formed. We know that you will all still be a part of our lives and we will continue to be a part of yours.
I would ask you all for your continued support and prayers during this process. Prayers for me, for Beth and for the kids as we make this transition. I would also ask for prayers for the community at the Rittman United Methodist Church. I know that the tasks ahead of me are large and that I will face my share of challenges – but I KNOW that I am not doing this alone. I know that God will be right there with me every step of the way. I know that God has plans for me that have not been revealed yet and I am looking forward to seeing how he uses me and leads me in all of this.
I would invite you to follow my journey here on this blog. I plan to update this site as to what is happening with our lives and with how things are going at Rittman UMC. Once the new service is ready to kick-off this will be one of the first places it is announced. You can also e-mail me at here and follow me on any of the “Other Splashes” listed over on the right.
As Romans 12:1-2 says,
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
May you live every aspect of your life as an act of worship and may you be transformed by Christ.