a rough night

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.

Author: Erik

Erik lives in Bethalto, IL were he serves as the Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Church. He and his wife, Bethany, have two boys (Parker and Kent). He's an Apple fan and all around techie who loves Angry Birds and Words With Friends.

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  1. Erik, I will be praying for you in the times ahead. I have known you for a long time and I know how you don’t rush into anything. I believe you have heard Gods call for this new ministry position, and He will see you through it.


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  2. You have massive potential. It’s difficult to leave what is the familiar. We’re creatures of habit. But the Creator knows your heart and your desire to serve him. In the coming years your obedience to his calling will be rewarded multiple times by seeing the changes and continued growth in the lives of the students you have mentored in the past…and in the present.

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