Candace and I are loving life right now! We have 2 awesome kids who are crazier than ever and growing up to be amazing little Worthingtons, Candace is pregnant with our third child—a baby boy we are naming Blaine, and he will be joining our family in January. We can’t wait to meet B-Dub #2! God has blessed us in so many ways and we want to share something with you that is pretty big in the life of our family right now.
As most of you know, I have had the privilege of pastoring the student ministry at Hope Church for over 4 years. Both my wife Candace and I will never be able to fully express how much God has used the students of this church and these last four years to greatly minister to us!
For the last 6 months, God has been stirring in me that there may be something else that He has for me. Since 2007 when I first sat down with Pastor Travis and shared with him my heart for ministry, I’ve consistently said to God, “Lord, wherever you want me…show me.” So for many months I was feeling the need to have that conversation with the Lord more and more. That being said, 2 months ago, our lead pastors at Hope approached me about stepping into a new role in a different area of ministry at Hope. After much prayer and seeking counsel, Candace and I have decided that God has definitely led us into this new season of ministry.
As of the end of October 2013, I will be stepping out of the role as student pastor at Hope Church. Now I want to be clear here: Nothing about my passion for students and my desire to see them meet Jesus, love Him, and pursue a relationship with Him has changed! I am just as passionate about the next generation living lives centered on the gospel than I have ever been! My position may be changing, but my passion for young people growing in Christ will never change! Some of you may be asking, “What happens now?
Because we care deeply for students, their spiritual growth, and the ministry that we have for them at Hope, we have a plan! In the short-term, as we pray and seek God for a new pastor for our student ministry, Pastor Brian Hook will be leading a team to ensure the quality of our student ministry, and to be a resource for parents. We are doing our absolute best to ensure that this ministry remains as much of a priority as I have sought to make it for four years. At Hope, we purposely don’t center any one ministry on a single person. Because of this, our Refuge small group leaders have always been and will continue to be the first people students go to in times of questioning, crisis, or encouragement needs. This, of course, will not change in this interim period.
The long-term plan is that we will be seeking God as a pastoral team to bring to us the man that He has called to be the next student pastor at Hope Church. I am so excited to meet him and see God use him in unbelievable ways in your student’s lives! I really believe, just like God transitioned leaders in His Word to accomplish His greater purpose, that He hasn’t changed that strategy. Pray alongside us as we ask God to bring us the man that He will use to lead, train, and equip teenagers in our city!
I know some of you may have questions and I want you to ask them! This is not a bad thing. This transition is a great thing in the life of our church and Candace and I are stoked! But we want to answer questions and help families better understand any confusion they may face. So please don’t hesitate to email me, talk to me on a weekend, or call me with questions. Candace and I love you and your family, we’re praying for the students, and we cannot wait to see how God continues to use us at Hope!
Thank for you taking the time to read this!