Tonight was rough.
Over 5 years ago, Bethany, Parker and I made a decision to join the pastoral team at Stone Church. During our time here, we’ve walked with students and families through times of great joy and utter sorrow. We’ve seen students grow and mature. We’ve laughed and struggled together. We’ve learned about ourselves and about each other. We’ve shared struggles and rejoiced in victories. Most importantly, we’ve grown to love these students and our leadership team.
Which brings me back to tonight: rough.
This past Sunday we accepted an Associate Pastor position at Cornerstone Church in Bethalto, IL and tonight we informed our students of the approaching transition.
The situation is really bittersweet. We are extremely excited about the new ministry assignment and believe this is an incredible opportunity for us (more on that in another post).
It’s tough, however, to begin to say goodbye to people in whom you’ve invested time, energy and emotion.
To the students of @thestonecrew, we love you more than you know and we’ll miss you terribly. But as I shared tonight, we can be confident of the fact that God is good and following his plans results in a better outcome than our own. Psalm 16:8 says “I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Things may seem “shaky” during this time, but we put our trust in the One who himself will not be moved. And that is what sustains us during these times.