Missing In Action
Even though I have been missing from the blogging scene, I have not been inactive. These past few weeks have actually been extremely busy. It doesn’t look like things will be settling down much for the next few weeks, either. I do want my blogging family to know how much I appreciate all of the love you’ve been sending my way via encouraging comments and emails.
An explanation is in order. After more than six years of rewarding ministry with the Cedars Church of Christ in Wilmington, Delaware, I have accepted an invitation to join the ministry staff of the Northwest Tampa Church of Christ in Tampa, Florida, as outreach minister. The Lord willing, I will begin this new ministry in early September.
An Open Door
Perhaps a bit more information would be helpful. For some time now, my family and I have been seeking the God’s direction in our service to the Lord. We knocked on a few doors, which did not seem to be open to us. After much prayer, the Lord presented us with an open door for service with the Northwest Tampa congregation, which seems to provide an opportunity for me to realize a number of personal and professional goals, while also enabling my family to realize many of our goals.
Acting from Passion
While I have always enjoyed the preaching ministry, my passion is personal involvement in the lives of people. Sharing the sweet story of salvation with someone who is seeking the Lord energizes me more than virtually everything else I am privileged to do in ministry. Teaching the Word of God to those who are yearning to know the Lord and His will is one of the most soul-satisfying areas of service I know. Helping a congregation position itself as light, leaven and love through a missional presence in their community is one of the most fulfilling aspects of ministry to me. Thus, I consider myself wonderfully blessed to be given the opportunity to serve the Lord and the Northwest Tampa church in ways which allow me to act from my passion in all of these areas of service.
Nevertheless, it is not easy to leave our good friends in Delaware. My family and I will be moving away from some of the dearest people with whom we have ever been privileged to serve. Additionally, I will be ending my involvement with some especially gratifying community service projects in which I have worked along side of some of the most honorable men and women that I have ever known—all of whom I also consider good friends. Even though this move will take us more than a thousand miles from Delaware, we will be taking good memories of good friends and many good times with us.
The Lord willing, many new horizons lie ahead for my family. We will be making a new home in the Tampa area. We will be experiencing many exciting and new things over the next couple of months. I’ll do my best to share a few of these things along the way, but moving and blogging seem to run along divergent paths. Please keep us in your prayers.
Blessings to all,