Over the past few months I have been really reflecting on the faith that God has built in my life. God has taken me through lots of ups and downs, lots of trials and brought tons of blessings into my life. All of these things have been really building a strong faith. I want to take a few posts to share God’s miracle story with you.....
I knew this latest chapter of ministry in my life would build faith in a huge way. Let me explain. Last year in April I received a call from a good pastor friend of mine in Kingsport, TN. He was calling to offer me the position of Youth Pastor at his church. The church was young and dynamic. It was growing and becoming a place of influence. But, the church was born out of the adversity of a harsh church split. To top it off, this was the same town where I had served when I was fired from ministry just a few years earlier! There were many reasons to run from the opportunities and conversations.
But, I could not ignore God calling me back to Kingsport and back to ministry. I had struggled for years about being back in full-time ministry and on church staff. I had spent 2 years speaking in various venues and churches. About 4 years earlier I began to struggle with God leading me to be a Lead Pastor. All of that began to rise up in me. God began confirming details, restoring visions and relationships. More than anything, He reconciled my heart for His church. As a result I found myself moving forward in trusting Him to lead me in this opportunity for ministry in Kingsport.
When word got out in the community that I would be returning, my phone began to ring and my inbox began to fill up! Due to my being fired before and the rough beginnings of this new church, people were warning me to stay away. It was very tough. I saw what they pointed out, I heard their words. Many of them were not wrong. But, they did not see what I did.......God’s Specific Call! God had made it clear to Allison and I This was it, we were to come here and serve. God truly answered ery direct and specific prayers to confirm these things in our lives. At this point I found myself feeling like Noah....I was living out Hebrews 11:7
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.
I came to Kingsport under great concern and stress. The pastor left due to infidelity in his marriage just after I accepted the position. I was thrust into the position of youth/interim pastor. (This title would stick for 6 months until God worked His miracle.) There was great pain, hurt and division in this church. I was scared, angry, confused and greatly excited about the future of this church.
Stay Tuned for Part 2 as I tell you about living out the faith God started in this transition in my life........