BlogFam, I have survived many transitions throughout my life but there is simply nothing like a church transition. Now at this point, many of you are wondering the direction my "ponderings" [lol] will go. And to be honest with you there are a few I could explore based on my own personal experience. I am not at all ashamed of any of the experiences I have lived through. Honestly, I thank God that I had the courage to take every leap of faith from one church door to the next. Actually, as I write, the thought that comes to mind is of all the displaced and misplaced and replaced and complacent.... people in all of the local churches that make up the Body of Christ. I am so grateful to God for the FREEDOM I have in Christ to explore God glorifying expressions in so many different ways and I reckon that this graceful exploration will continue until Jesus returns. When I hear the ramblings / testimonies or witness the frustrations /joys of my sisters and brothers in Christ, I have come to the place on my journey where I simply encourage all to seek the peace of God. I cannot tell you where to go or how long to stay but I know ONE person who can tell you exactly the place you should be. God. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding. When you/we lean to your/our own understanding, we will find ourselves out of place every time.
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you already know that I am in the midst of transition. I am leaving one church and going to another church to serve in full time ministry. If you would have asked me ten years ago if I would be serving any local church in any capacity of full time ministry, I would have given you a strong I DO NOT KNOW. It was such a distant dream that I carried in my heart long before my years in seminary. It was a distant dream that so many boldly told me was impossible. It was a distant dream that broke my heart at the very thought because some of the people who were closest to me mocked the very thought.... BUT GOD!
YES! The God of my dreams and the ONE who orders my steps every waking moment has predestined my life to be surrendered to serve His Church. I am NOT ashamed of this glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ that calls and commissions me to serve in spaces that He chooses to create just for me. And I will serve in those places for as long as the Lord says until it's time to go.
And the Lord has called me to GO...again.
Next summer I would have served TEN years in full time ministry and as I reflect on my own career and call to ministry, I am so very grateful to serve the churches God has sent me to and I have NO regrets because every lesson, friendship, increase, heartache, heartbreak, and headache has been the Lord's doing for whatever the Lord's reasons are and it is ALL marvelous in my eyes for it has ALL worked together for my good.
And all I can say is THANK YOU LORD and THANK YOU to every pastor who has encouraged and supported my ministry starting with the one who baptized me.... my daddy, BISHOP VERNON KENNEBREW. All others, you already know who you are and if you have to guess, I'm probably not referring to you.
And to those of you, (especially to women in every facet of ministry) who have felt that deep impression to serve the Lord's church, GO! GO YE THEREFORE and trust the Lord to order your every step and watch the Lord make every divine dream become a reality!
I'm a witness!!!
GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!
Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!