‘Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself.” Matthew 14:13
My wife has a large shut-off valve. I call it a large shut-off valve of busyness that she uses at random times when ‘it is all too much’. I believe that many of us have shut-off valves when things get too hectic. Some of us have bigger shut-off valves or maybe more sensitive shut-off valves.
SO, where am I going with this?
It is important we know how much is too much, like when your family is going through a season of crazy-busyness and you just need to shut things off. Luckily for us in ministry we have three months where we get to step back and lighten the load a bit. it is a real blessing.
I am blessed by this church to have another break and a chance to step back. Faith Church has given me a two month sabbatical for the months of June and July. Sabbatical is a step out of the ministry and a time for rest and restoration. After being in ministry for over 15 years I am looking forward to this time away for a purpose.
The Intention that we bring to everything
In scripture we see god make everything in six days and then take a break on the seventh day (Gen 1). We also see Jesus withdrawing from ministry to pray in Matthew 14. this is my chance to step away from ministry with the idea to be intentional.
For two months I will be away from church and will not a part of any ministry here. However, much like fasting, it is not about ‘stop eating’ but spending time with God in place of eating. SO, in place of working and being at church I am spending time in prayer and focusing on what God has for me and my family.
We will still have events and activities during the summer. we are blessed with many Alongsiders that are amazing and will be running the show while I am away. Chris Grev is also going to be in the office and keeping things moving forward so let her know if you need something.
I covet your prayers and thank you for supporting the ministry and my family.
Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.
Dig and Release: We are Releasing this Sunday (26th) in Room 105 for the last time. We are not helping during the summer and I am so thankful for all the students that gave of their time and taught the young children. May they be blessed always.
- This Saturday, May 25th, cost is $0 per person
- Meet at the East Building at 8am to go on a trail hike.
- Bring hiking shoes, an energy bar and water to drink.
- All students welcome to attend.
- If you have any needs please email Chris Grev, Student Ministry Empress at email@example.com and she will answer any questions or needs.