A New Chapter

As most of you know, over 3 weeks ago I resigned as the Senior Pastor of Cross Point Church after having started and led the church for 14 years. It was one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I love that church and absolutely everything it stands for. I have years of incredible memories and hundreds of experiences I’ll never forget. I’ll be forever grateful that so many trusted me enough to allow me to be a small part of their life story.

The decision may have seemed quick to some, but I can attest to the fact that it was not. For some time now I’ve felt this general feeling that I was out of season. That it was time for something different.

I believe we have seasons in life. And not just the “big chapters” like high school, college, getting married, or retirement. There’s also seasons inside of those chapters.

One of the keys of life is knowing when you’ve overstayed a season. Maybe something just isn’t as enjoyable  as it used to be or maybe you’re not as good at it as you once were. Maybe the tasks that once brought you joy now seem to drain you, leaving you empty. Maybe God puts a new dream on your heart or shuts a few doors along the way. Whatever the circumstance, you know that your season is coming to a close.

Leading out of season left my soul with a desire for rest and quiet. So I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few months in silence, including taking several weeks off before my decision. And the silence wasn’t empty. It was actually filled with answers.

Here’s some reminders and lessons that were revealed to me  in this season:

– I love starting things and I have a true entrepreneurial spirit.
– I have a passion for the local church.
– I love caring for and protecting the hearts of other pastors.
– I must choose love, forgiveness and hope regardless. I’ll never regret choosing them.
– I want to invest my time in something that is going to make a difference in this world. 

So, I have been trying to digest all of the things that God has been putting on my heart and incorporate them into this new chapter in my life that is about to begin. Blank chapters can be scary. Especially when your prior chapters have been full of amazing and unexplained moments of being used by God in ways you could have never imagined.

For the first time in 20 years I’ve been asking the question, “What do I want to do with my life next?” And I found an answer.

I’ve accepted a position as the President of The A Group; a Nashville-based nonprofit/church marketing agency, geared towards partnering with churches, nonprofits, ministries and faith based organizations to increase their impact. I have known Maurilio Amorim, the CEO, since I was a kid and The A Group has been a great marketing and technology partner of Cross Point since day one.

My focus will be to take the lessons I’ve learned in the past 20 years of ministry and leadership and help other pastors and ministries navigate the often unpredictable and challenging waters of ministry.

A couple of weeks ago I was reading a book entitled Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, and there was a little story that stood out to me.

McKeown wrote, “Jim Collins, the author of the business classic Good to Great, was once told by Peter Drucker that he could either build a great company or build great ideas, but not both. He chose ideas. As a result of this trade-off, there are still only three full-time employees in his company, yet his ideas have reached tens of millions of people through his writing.”

God allowed me the experience of a lifetime by being a part of Cross Point Church. I now have the honor of taking all I’ve learned in my time there, and partnering with hundreds of churches and ministries to help them reach their full potential.

Like many of you, I find myself in a season I didn’t expect. There was a part of me that thought I’d be at Cross Point forever. But God had different plans, and I’m fully embracing those, and actually crazy excited about the future. When you place your life in God’s hands, it’s amazing how often what feels like an ending is actually a beginning. 

I’m so looking forward to staying in touch with so many of you via social media as we continue to share our lives with each other. For those of you who are pastors and ministry leaders who are trying to figure out next steps, staffing issues, growth barriers, donor development or message series planning: I, and my team at The A Group, would love to partner with you. I look forward to serving so many of you and am beyond humbled by all of your support in this new chapter.