Tuesday, November 27, 2007


"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven." (Ecc. 3:1) Things come in seasons, and we've had a big couple of days. Here's an e-mail just sent to our church staff:


I wanted to send an e-mail to let you all know that after months of prayerful consideration, James and I have opted to step down as ministry leaders for Celebrate Recovery at Valley Creek Church. Last night we asked [some amazing friends and leaders] to replace us, which they are prayerfully considering at the present time. We have absolute confidence in their abilities to both lead and delegate, and have confidence in the volunteer base already in place, so we are hopeful for a smooth transition of leadership. If they are unable to take over because of the responsibilies of their own lives, we hope to work with Pastor John to coordinate a suitable replacement for us. In the meantime, we will remain fully active as ministry leaders until the end of the year, and after that, we will remain in contact more on a consulting basis, as needed.

The fact is that with life changes and job changes, our respective personal lives have changed immensely since beginning this ministry in 2005. We find ourselves far too busy to give what we were once able to. Additionally, in March, we moved quite a distance away from Valley Creek, and have found it increasingly difficult to remain connected to the church. With the planned groups structure changing in January, and with small groups (that work in our current schedule) moving off campus, it will become even more difficult for us to find another day for a lengthy commute for fellowship and personal growth in a small group/ABF.

We believe it is necessary for us to find a fellowship closer to home, and those that top our list offer small groups in our neighborhood and have Celebrate Recovery programs already in place. It is this need for a church home closer to home that compels us to move on.

Again, we intend to remain fully involved until the end of the year, working towards making the continued growth of this group a success. We appreciate the opportunities given to us that allowed us to serve in this capacity for the last (almost) three years. We have been extraordinarily blessed.


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