Good afternoon everyone!
A few days ago I posted an update on our potential move to Nashville.
Well, it is no longer potential.
South City Church voted unanimously this morning to call me as their pastor. I cannot even begin to describe to you the emotions that crashed around inside me when I got that phone call. I am so pleased, encouraged, affirmed, grateful, humbled and truly terrified all at the same time. So I would ask that you pray with and for us.
Pray for us as we begin the transition process. That process begins immediately. We need to schedule movers ASAP. We are in the process of securing housing. Pray that goes well also.
Pray for our hearts during this time that my wife and I would keep our marriage strong through good communication and keeping our hearts firmly fixed on Christ.
Pray for our children as we move and they form new friendships and we all adjust to a new city, new rhythms, a new church and all that goes with that.
Pray for South City Church as we move forward that we would make Christ known on the south side of Nashville. Pray for the city of Nashville that Christ would be made famous and his Church encouraged and kingdom expanded.
I would also ask you to consider if you can help SCC with our moving expenses. If you'd like more info on that, read my last blog post.
Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement during this time! If you're in Nashville and looking for a church, join us at South City. If you come through town, we'd love to have you visit. If you feel like maybe God is calling you to Nashville to be a part of his story, consider how you can be a part of South City Church!
Soli Deo Gloria!
God has a strange way of doing things. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; God does things in ways I don’t fully understand.
I’ve spoken very openly about how the last two years or so have really sucked for me and my family. However, even in the suck, God has been with us and taught us much, including how to depend on him for our every need.
If you have kept up with me on social media at all or you know me you know that recently (this last Sunday in fact) I preached at a church in Nashville, TN in view of a call. Our interaction with the people of South City Church from beginning to now has been full of warmth and kindness and true honesty. It has been really good.
This last Sunday went well I think. We had a good morning of worship with God’s people and an honest time of Q&A afterwards. It was good to be among God’s people. We are very excited about the future of South City Church. We believe that God has great things in store for his church there in the Edge Hill neighborhood, in the city of Nashville and, through SCC, the world.
The church will technically vote next Sunday but we have already begun to make plans for our transition to Nashville. As such, the church has told us they will be providing some moving expenses. However, as anyone who has moved knows, moving is not a cheap undertaking once you add up the moving itself, plus down payments on a house, utilities set up and so on.
As such, I am boldly asking you, my friends, for something. We would love to have God’s people partner with us in this endeavor for his kingdom and help South City Church with our moving expenses. Anything you can give would be a great help. Church leaders and pastors, if you’ve ever considered partnering with a church plant, this is a perfect opportunity for you. However, please don’t send the money to me. Send it to South City Church.
There a couple reasons for this. First and foremost, the money doesn’t belong to me if you give it. It is first of all God’s money and secondly, to assist SCC as they help us transition. So I don’t want your money. I want you to give it to SCC so that they may care for us well during the transition. Second, any donations you make to SCC are tax deductible and they aren’t if you give it to me directly. I want you to have that ability.
So if you would like to help SCC help us, please consider how you can give to that effort. At this time, they cannot accept online donations so please send a check and note that it is for "pastor salary" and they will take care of it. The address is as follows:
South City Church
718 Thompson Lane 108 #146
Nashville, TN 37204
I have been instructed to tell you that the address must be entered exactly as above (especially the second line) or it won’t get there.
Thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement to me in this time and for your generosity now. Please be in prayer for SCC as they vote next Sunday and for us as we pack, move and settle into a new work if the Lord wills it.
Soli Deo Gloria!