The last few months have been a whirlwind! There really isn’t anyway to overstate how true that is. So many changes, so many adjustments…too many to even begin to try to recount. It was 45 days ago today that we announced that I would be resigning as the preacher at the Auburn Church of Christ.
Last Sunday evening the Auburn Church had a going away service and blessing for our family. It was moving…touching and very sweet. We are appreciative to see so many people show up and so many of our college students present! Words cannot express our thankfulness to each and every person who has shown grace to us and wished blessings upon us in our departure.
For us preacher types there is a lot wrapped up in the preaching role. It isn’t that I will never preach again, it is just going to be so different. Preaching ministry before large crowds can very easily become our identity. But what I know to be true is that our identity isn’t in a position but in a person – Jesus Christ and where He calls, we go.
We want to express how appreciative we are that God brought us to Auburn. We have grown so much. Our faith and our hearts have been stretched. Lives have been changed. The gospel has been preached. Friendships have been formed that will last a lifetime. We have much to be thankful for.
So today I pack up my office. Clear out the laptop. Shoot one final video in this space. And call it a day…looking very expectantly forward at what God has already set in motion with Backyard Church!
Here are my reflections on faith in transition and then the article ends with a blessing below.
Blessings on Auburn Church of Christ, on the elders and ministers and the congregation. May your tribe increase. May God’s face shine upon you. And may our Lord and Savior, through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit grant you success in your mission!