The Next Step

cropped-312275_10101447329921127_1704276666_n.jpgSeven years ago, I moved to Dallas. It’s almost hard to remember life before I got here. I came to Dallas in pursuit of training for the call to vocational ministry that God has placed on my heart. During my time here, I met and married my wife Janelle, graduated with a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, got a dog, cleaned pools for 4 1/2 years, and had the opportunity to minister to people all over the city. Over the course of these 7 years, God has grown me as a follower of Christ, as a leader and as a man. At times, this growth has come to great excitement and rejoicing on my part. At other times, this growth has come as the result of His wonderful grace in breaking my legs when I refused to bow my knee, removing from me idols, pride and arrogance. He has been faithful always.

Now it’s time for the next step – for another opportunity to serve, to grow and witness as God shows Himself faithful. This fall, I will move to Austin, where I am joining the Pastoral Residency Program at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX. The program is designed for those who have spent time in ministry and desire to be further equipped to lead in the Church. As part of a small cohort of other pastors and church-planters, I will have a unique opportunity to minister at Austin Stone’s West Campus while receiving specialized training and mentoring from the senior staff.

My heart is to plant a church that plants churches, reaching the unengaged, jaded and disillusioned in the states and over-seas, sharing the hope of salvation through faith in Christ, and building up believers so that they build up new believers. For two years, this residency will allow me the chance to minister full-time in the areas where God has gifted me, while also further developing the skills needed to plant and lead that church.

This opportunity to minister in Austin requires that we raise our own support, so Janelle and I are asking that you partner with us prayerfully and financially for 24 months, beginning in September of 2013. Through a unique set of circumstances, God opened up the doors for me to join the program that had seemed closed, making it clear that this is where He is leading us. I believe He will show Himself faithful again by raising up partners to prayerfully and financially support us in this ministry.

Will you become one of our partners? Doing so will help to spread the Gospel in the city of Austin and beyond! We are asking that you prayerfully consider committing to a monthly donation of any amount or making a one-time special gift donation. Check out the SUPPORT page to see the different ways in which you can partner with us.

Thank you so much for prayerfully considering this opportunity. God has blessed me with so many amazing friends and family members who have supported me in so many different ways over the years. Thank you in advance for continuing to do so. I’ll be using this blog, in part, to give updates about what is happening in our lives down in Austin and how exactly God is moving, so make sure to check back often!