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“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.



7 thoughts on “churchplanting

  1. that name kicks ass, i hope they give the green light!

    Posted by lbykim | December 5, 2009, 1:13 am
  2. thanks linda. i think it will help to pass your feedback along verbatim.

    Posted by leahklug | December 5, 2009, 1:55 am
  3. “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…”: …angels + demons?

    Posted by georgesong | December 5, 2009, 10:02 am
  4. leah, you quote me anytime. or give me a number and i’ll call people up myself. :p
    i got yo back, sista.

    Posted by LK | December 5, 2009, 10:10 am
  5. Hope they let you keep the name (you a fan of Nadia Bolz-Weber, by any chance? :). And very sorry to hear about your dad–hope you are all holding up as well as possible.

    Posted by Dan Hauge | December 9, 2009, 7:09 am
  6. hey dan, thanks for the kind words…nadia bolz-weber? just did an online search. i may very well be a fan now! originally, i had driven by a couple churches called ‘all saints blahblah church’, and kept thinking how interesting that everyone who went there was a saint. riffed off of it a bit when trying to come up with a name that was inclusive, kind of a church for real people who are messy and good and everything in between.

    Posted by leahklug | December 9, 2009, 9:08 pm
  7. Well, indeed correlation does not necessarily indicate causation :). I just instantly thought of her church’s name when I saw ‘Sinners and Saints’. But good minds think alike–it’s a good name, regardless.

    Posted by Dan Hauge | December 10, 2009, 6:33 am

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wife, partner, daughter, and sister. traveler on the journey of faith. rage against the machiner. sometimes pastor.


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