This first post is a little bit about the ministry my family and I are involved in. I hope it will give you a bit of a picture of where we’re coming from as we discuss topics around parenting, relationships and life in future posts and videos.
I’ve been the Children’s Pastor at Gateway Christian Ministries since June 2002. Spending time with all of the kids is great, and I have really enjoyed working to build a strong Children’s Ministry in our church. What I really love is interacting with families. In December 2009 our leadership team began a process of making some important changes to transition our church in some great ways. Chantal (my wife) and I were excited about what was happening, but really started to question where we were supposed to fit. It’s funny how after doing something for a number of years it becomes part of your identity, or almost even becomes your identity. Thinking about the possibility of not leading our Children’s Ministry was a scary idea, but we became convinced that God wanted us to do something else. We were unsure if there would be another place for us on the pastoral staff at the church at this time, but we were ready to accept that there might not be. When we talked to the rest of the church leadership, it quickly became clear that there was a different role for us. This new role as Pastor to Families really fits with our passion, and is something that I believe is more suited to the areas that we are gifted in and that God has called us to. We’re excited about our new focus in the church, which is the aspect of Children’s Ministry that we felt the most called to and now we are being released to focus on it more! God is Great!
We’re still just getting started on this new ministry focus and seeking God for what it will look like. I already feel refreshed and a new excitement for ministry knowing that we are doing what God is calling us to do. My identity as the Children’s Pastor has changed, but my identity as a child called and loved by God is as strong as ever.