“every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” –semisonic, closing time
It’s cheesy and it’s 90’s, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Monday was my last day as a pastor at Quest Church in Seattle, after more than 8 years in life and ministry. The decision to leave was difficult for us; Alan and I both have tremendous respect for the church, and have both enjoyed investing in the community that has blessed us greatly. But over the past year, we have felt God’s call upon our lives, a call to leave the safety and security of my amazing job as Lead Associate Pastor and his work volunteering with Q Cafe, and a call into a new season. In mid-November, we were approved by our denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church, to plant a new church in the city of Seattle. Over the past few weeks we’ve been fielding a variety of questions: Where will you be planting? What’s the church called? What’s your vision? We don’t have answers to all of these questions, and will be taking a month (mostly) off to rest, pray, and plan with the idea of launching weekly Bible studies in January. I’ll keep updating the blog on a regular basis from my new office in our living room, so keep checking back. To keep you updated in your medium of choice, you can fan our Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter @sinnersaintcc , or subscribe to the RSS feed for this blog.
For now, check out our website. I found out yesterday that our church name is still subject to approval by the denomination, so start thinking of alternatives just in case they aren’t ready for “Sinners and Saints” just yet. We’re having an informal coffee hour Friday, December 11 from 7-9pm at the fabulous Lounjin Cafe in the University District if you would like to dream and pray with us about what God is doing in our neighborhood.