It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 2 1/2 years that my wife and I have had the privilege and joy of overseeing Activate High School Ministry at Harvest. And it’s hard to believe that God is calling us to move on. A week and a half ago, the Administrative Pastors informed me that after much prayer on their part, I would be switching roles from the High School Pastor to the College Pastor. These changes will be effective January 1.
Ericka and I have mixed emotions about this. A big part of us is bummed. We’ve loved every minute of our time in the High School Ministry. We love the staff, we love the leaders, and we love the students. 2012 was an exciting year, and 2013 holds a ton of promise. I’m encouraged that the ministry will be left in good hands. Pastor Jason Powell and his wife Mary will be taking over. They are super gifted and godly and they have huge hearts for teenagers. So that helps, but we’re still sad to go.
The other part of us is full of enthusiasm. I believe God is sovereign. When changes come into my life, they come because He says so. Knowing then that God is calling us to the Well, I’m excited to be there. And it doesn’t hurt that the Well is an awesome ministry. Hundreds of local college students are being strengthened in their faith every week there. We are thrilled to come along side the incredible leadership team at the Well and by God’s grace continue the great work He’s been doing in that ministry.
As we leave Activate, our hope for the ministry and every person who is a part of it is found in 2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” I’ll be preaching my final message this Wednesday from that text. I’ll have much more to say about it then, but for now it’s enough for me to summarize my hopes for the ministry in one word: Growth. Twelve months from now I hope to see deeper faith, broader reach, and greater impact at Activate than we see today. And by God’s grace that can happen.
I’m blown away looking back on all that God has done at Activate during my time there and I’m eager to see what wonderful things He has in store for the next chapter in this ministry.