Yesterday, I resigned from my position as Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church Beaumont in response to God's call to pastor Christ Baptist Church in Wilson, NC. We have been praying for months about God's unmistakable call on our lives.
I must tell you how God orchestrated the events surrounding this call:
Anybody remember when I did the MP3 cd giveaway a few months ago? I expected about 5 people to request one. Well, my friend, Rob, decided to send that link to Justin Taylor in hopes that more people could get their hands on such great sermons. Justin Taylor graciously posted the link and I got flooded with e-mails requested these sermons. I immediately had to shut down the giveaway and ended up sending about 80 or so cds out. In order to "fill up" one of the cds, I included 3 of my most recent sermons, hoping to be of benefit to someone.
Well, one person who received this cd, Lisa, is part of a church plant in Wilson, NC. She is part of a group of 7 who have been meeting for Bible study and prayer for over a year. They have been praying for a lead pastor. Only because of the mysterious providence of God, Lisa listened to one of my sermons and found her heart resonating with mine. She shared my sermons with the core group in Wilson.
Then, I get this e-mail from Lisa asking me if I would ever consider pastoring a church plant. She had no idea Jeanna and I have been praying for a church to pastor. She was just stepping out in faith. My interest peaked when I read their core values and mission statement (which I will include in a future post). I found my passions and desires in their core values.
So, I said, "Sure, I'll consider it." And now I'll be packing up the U-haul and driving across the country to be a part of watching Christ build His Church in Wilson.
I feel like Lou Gehrig, standing in the middle of Yankee stadium saying, "I must be the luckiest man on the face of the earth." Well, I feel like the most blessed man in the history of the world. I don't deserve these blessings. I don't deserve to pastor. I don't deserve to have a fellow elder like my new friend, Tim.
Ask lots of questions. I'm not sure what else to write.