Five Years Ago

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Five years ago, I did an interesting thing. I sent myself a time-delayed email, and I received it just last week. Here’s a short excerpt:

As I write this you stand on the verge of something awesome that is happening at Southcliff. You’ve started training leaders on how to do cell groups, and tonight you have a strategy meeting with them to figure out how you’re going to multiply your first group. This Fall, Southcliff is also going to do a program called 40 Days of Community. This is an exciting time at Southcliff, and it is your first year of ministry as Associate Pastor.

Right now, I’m a bit scared about what will happen with all of this stuff, but I’m trusting God to do something beyond my wildest dreams.

Kind of hard to believe that was only five years ago. I sensed that God was up to something, but it’s amazing to look back at how things progressed:

  • Experimenting with small group ministry and learning more about websites
  • Planning and eventually launching a satellite campus of Southcliff and serving as their Campus Pastor
  • Serving with great people and working hard together to reach out to the community
  • Grieving through the process of seeing the campus close after two years
  • Understanding that God was moving me into a new phase of ministry
  • Moving from Texas to Tennessee to join with Faith Promise

Every one of these steps was challenging in one form or another, but it’s neat to see look back and see how God has been at work.  “Beyond my wildest dreams” is a pretty accurate description.

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Christmas Decorations

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I wanted to publicly thank Corinne Breshears for her wonderful decorating talent. If you haven’t already heard, she’s the mastermind behind our beautiful Christmas decorations. She had a shoestring budget for the materials, but like always, she pulled it together. Thanks, Corinne!

Thank you also to each of you that make it a habit to show up early or stay late each week to help set up and take down everything. You guys are great!

Final thanks go to our cell group leaders and hosts. You guys are in the trenches each week! Thank you for your faithful ministry!

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