As I announced in worship on Sunday April 30th, I have taken a new call to be a church planting resident at Grace Ann Arbor (RCA) that will begin at the end of June. Ever since I felt called to full-time vocational ministry church planting (establishing a new church) in an urban setting has long been my passion for a couple of reasons - church plants are able to really focus on meeting with and reaching out to those who are not Christians in ways that many traditional churches are not. As a resident with Grace Ann Arbor I will be there for two years before being sent out by them, and with some of their members, to start a new church somewhere in southeast Michigan. (For more on this process see here). My last official Sunday in worship at Cobblestone will be June 11th, after which we will pack up and move sometime in the weeks that follow.
Logistically the church will carry on in my absence. The consistory is already at work to find pulpit supply for the summer and are beginning to discuss the best way forward for the church. In our denomination we will receive a supervising minister and elder from another local RCA church to help provide support and assistance to us in this time of transition.
Cobblestone will leave a lasting impression on my life. This is my first call as a minister, where I cut my teeth in preaching, leading worship, consistory meeting, working through conflict, and failing at many things along the way. I want to thank everyone for their patience with me as I learned to do a difficult task. I pray that my time has been an encouragement for people in their faith journey; that some would grasp a little clearer the love of Jesus due to my words or actions. If you have questions about this please don’t hesitate to ask me, or talk with a consistory member.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the fellowship of the Spirit be with you all. Amen.