“To everything there is a season.” How true! Winter becomes spring. Spring gives way to summer. Babies grow to children. Children transform into teens. And, while our calling to join God in his redemptive work does not change, the ways and methods we each use to pursue that calling do.
That is why my season at Stonebriar Community Church is coming to an end.
The best kind of change is bittersweet. The pang of nostalgia mixes with the nervous jitter of anticipation. The road behind and the road ahead meet in a pregnant moment. That is the best kind of moment. For me, this is such a moment.
I have accepted a position with a growing church in Prescott, Arizona called Heights Church. I will be taking the role of Next Steps pastor.
Why the move? The Prescott area is “hometown” to both Sarah and me. We met there. Fell in love there. Our families are there.
It is also a place that very much needs to be loved and cared for. It wasn’t long ago that Barna described the Prescott area as one of the least churched cites in America.
Plus, at a mile high elevation in the pines, Prescott, Arizona ain’t half bad to look at!
The road ahead has me jittery with anticipation. Sarah and I have nothing but immense gratitude for the friendship, patience, kindness, and opportunities for learning and growth that have come from our season with you in Dallas.
We are forever grateful. Our lives are marked by our time with you. I hope you all can say the same.
Because of your love and friendship, this season of change is the best kind. Bittersweet.
3 comments on “A Change in Seasons”
Bittersweet indeed! Full of JOY for your family and the hope and love you will bring to the people of Prescott. Your time here filled us all full of that and more! Owen, your laughter, creativity, and ability to inch SCC forward is a treasure to us! Sarah’s sweet spirit and great love will always be cherished too. Not to mention all the giggles, trains, and cars from the sweet Wildman. Praying God goes before you and blesses you all! Love ya! Debi
My goodness…. we will miss you, Debi! I will forever be known as the guy that made you look like an Awana genius by going before you and being lost and confused. 😀 To think we have made SCC better in some way and reminded some of God’s hope and love…. there can be no greater joy and honor. Your kind words will sustain us as we wrestle with the next season of challenges. We won’t be able to replace you. You’ll have to make a road trip to see us!