Through a God inspired moment in January (too long of a story to write about) Cindy and I sensed that God was up to something new in our lives. We had no clue what it was but knew God was calling us to put ourselves in a fresh posture full surrender.
Over the next few months God began to impress on my heart the following lesson: Moving into the purpose for which God has designed me will include an ever increasing challenge that will be larger than what I am comfortable with and therefore will keep me always dependent upon Him. So I knew God was getting ready to stretch me.
Back in February I read Tony Morgan’s post advertising the position of Chief Launch Officer for a new Church Planting Network that Brian Bloye at Westridge and a few other churches would be starting. It sounded fascinating but I was very happy at Seacoast and wasn’t looking for a change, so I didn’t even consider applying.
Through a series of circumstances over the next couple of months it became evident that God may be leading me that direction. So I sat down with Pastor Greg, told him what God had been doing and asked his blessing to investigate this opportunity. After he and Brian Bloye spoke on the phone I then went to Atlanta to meet with Brian and Tony to discuss this possibility. It became evident in my heart that this was the new calling God had for my life. So I am very excited to announce that on July 19th I’ll be joining West Ridge Church in this effort to start the Launch Network, a church planting network of like-minded churches that understand the power of working together to accomplish a God sized vision.
So are you ready to be a part of a movement? We want to hear from you. If you’re a church planter who is looking for a highly relational network of leaders you can learn and grow with, we want to hear your story. If you’re a church that’s passionate about planting healthy churches and investing in new movements of God, let’s talk. Or if you’re a business leader who is looking to invest in changing lives by planting churches overseas and expanding God’s Kingdom, I’d love to meet you. To learn more about the Launch Network please fill out this brief form and we’ll get in touch with you. Also you can check out Tony’s recent post that tells a little bit about West Ridge’s influence in church planting and other churches that will be a part of The Launch Network.
Seacoast is not an easy place to leave. It’s a fresh, innovative, life-giving environment that allows you to operate in your areas of God given strengths and passion as a leader. Pastor Greg is a humble, empowering leader who has supported me, challenged me, encouraged me and now, not surprisingly, graciously commissioning me to this new calling. Over the next few days I will be posting some Leadership Lessons I’ve learned working at Seacoast Church.
Cindy and I will be making our move to Atlanta sometime during the week of July 12-16. We would appreciate your prayers as we have a house to sell here in Charleston.