“TO EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 (AMP)
Everything has a season.
Everything has a time.
And… sometimes… so do assignments.
In 1995, after Debbie and I moved our family here at the direction of the Lord. After nearly 13 years of outstanding ministry in Atlanta, we moved our family to Fort Worth to join the Eagle Mountain Church family. God called us to step out of the familiar and follow Him to Texas, replanting ourselves and walking out steps of faith together with Him.
We heard Him call. We obeyed. When we did, it meant a change of assignment for us.
It is that kind of season again. Assignments are changing.
On Monday, June 3rd our assignment at Eagle Mountain Church was completed.
It is a new season. It is a new chapter in our lives.
We have enjoyed the last 17 years of assignment at Eagle Mountain Church. Among the greatest joys are the friendships we have made, the family we have gained and the things we have learned. We raised our kids here. They were both Superkids and eventually went to 14forty and graduated. They were given so many great and rare opportunities to discover and exercise their giftings and callings.
Debbie and I have grown in our gifts and callings as well. During this last 17 years, we have fallen more deeply in love with the ministry of the local church, with His people and certainly with Him. If you are a part of our Eagle Mountain family, we have fallen in love with you. For those of you who already know about our change of assignment, we deeply appreciate the outpouring of love and support you have shown us.
Seasons like this can bring a flood of emotions, but this season is not emotional. It is thrilling. We are thrilled to be following the plan God has for us. It’s a good plan. A great plan. A plan where we all win.
Here are a few, very important things to remember about assignments:
- God gives assignments, not men. He alone is the King of the Kingdom. He alone is all wise, all knowing and knows the end from the beginning.
- God is utterly trustworthy. He not only knows what He’s doing, when He directs change He has prepared the next place well.
- Assignments are rarely lifetime assignments. They change like seasons. Some will be longer. Some will be shorter. Most are not forever assignments.
- When God re-assigns pastors, the people are still in their hearts. You are still in our hearts.
- When Kingdom assignments change, it doesn’t mean treasured friendships and relationships have to end.
We are seeking the heart and direction of God for our next assignment. We are resting, trusting God and listening for further instructions. Much like a military assignment, we are on R&R awaiting our transfer paperwork. Actually, it is already on its way. That’s about all I can say about our next season for now.
God is moving.
He is speaking.
This past week I heard Him speak this scripture to me, and it resonated in me:
“True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.” ~ Psalm 23:3 (MSG)
This is not goodbye. You know where to find us on Facebook, Twitter and our websites.
There are great days ahead for all of us.
You are in our hearts.
We love you.