Today I would like to share some brief reflections about my last two years here on staff. Most of you know that CFC sent me to the Sov. Grace Pastors College, and upon graduation, brought me back on staff here. For the past two years, I’ve held a role we call
a “Church Planting Resident.” This team position was developed in partnership with Sovereign Grace Ministries to evaluate, train, and prepare me as church planter. Now, even though I’m not going to actually “plant” a church, but instead will serve the Sov. Grace church in Akron, OH, there’s still a lot I thank God for about this residency.
The first is the opportunity to preach. Over the course of two years, I was able to preach about twice a month in churches throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Indiana.
- I thank God for this residency He used it to develop my preaching.
The second invaluable opportunity was getting to participate in Sovereign Grace Ministries’ Church Planting Group (Yes, our name is that creative!) This is a group of guys that regularly gather together to brainstorm, plan, and administrate initiatives aimed at serving Sovereign Grace church plants and planters. So, for example, we helped plan and orchestrate the Plant! conference, held here at CFC last March.
- I thank God for this residency because He used it to position me to serve others in advancing the Great Commission.
Finally, the most significant opportunity afforded me was getting to work with the men on this pastoral team. It was phenomenal to be able to learn from Jared about preaching, from Marty about children’s ministry, from Andy about counseling, from Joel and Brian about caring for sheep, from Rob about family life, from Doug about mercy ministries, from Joseph about music and Sunday gatherings, from Raymond about administration, from Jim evangelism and from Dave about church planting. And to top it all off, I had Mark as a mentor, guiding and caring for me all along the way.
- I thank God for this residency because He used these men to entrust to me what I will in turn be able to teach others also (2 Tim. 2:2).
Let me finish with one last thing. I want you all to know that Jenny and I leave here thanking God in all our remembrance of this team and this church, because of our partnership with you in the gospel (Phil. 1:3-5). We may be off to Akron
- We thank God for this residency because He used it to forge a gospel partnership between us and all of you.
This isn’t goodbye. It’s just until next time…