Hello, church fam!
I want to start out this letter by saying how much I enjoy being your pastor. I am comfortable to say that these last 3-years of church planting, I have poured my heart and soul into this work alongside so many wonderful servant-leaders and I don’t regret it one bit.
We have done our very best and have seen some incredible glimpses of our vision come to fruition. We have enjoyed seeing lives changed by Jesus (in some cases even leaning-in towards Him more) when that was not even an option for them before!
Our model for ministry is one that is very relational and up-close and personal. We believe that our job is more than just preaching and teaching. We believe our job is to do life together with people and to just be present. That is what I consider life-giving and fun in ministry. However, on top of that, I also have the responsibility of meeting financial benchmarks for our denomination, training our leadership, working with the national conference who has supported our ministry over the years, creating processes for ministry, taking seminary classes, leading our vision and mission, maintaining proper documentation for statistical reports, and more. In addition to this, we have moved 4 times in 3 years, though I’m extremely glad that it led us to where we are at now. All of this has led to issues with work/rest balance and with that comes the tiredness and exhaustion.
The reason for this letter is to inform you that Celines and I have decided to take a 2 weeks renewal leave starting in June. In every church planting training that I have been part of, it is recommended that after 3 years of church planting work, that the planting pastor and family, take a renewal leave to give them a chance to replenish their energies, reconnect in their relationships, and reinvent their strategy for the work ahead. We intend to do so and come back with an even greater determination to see our mission and vision come to fruition for the Glory of God.
We will take 2 weeks starting June 4th and be returning June 18th. During these 2 weeks, we will continue our Light it Up series with Laura Santiago and Temo Rios, it would be awesome if you all can support them!
Here are four things that I would like you to do for us in our absence:
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Love you all and I pray for even greater things in my short leave
In His Grip,
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