Calling (Part I)


“I think it has to be a moral imperative, something you are certain you have to do.”

After months of praying, strategizing, and discussing the idea of starting a new church in Jasper, Alabama, I still didn’t have absolute certainty that this was something God was initiating in me. Begging God to give me a clear direction and doing my best to have my eyes open to see this prompting, I was now on the phone with a friend that had planted a church in New York City.

A moral imperative. Something you have to do. This was my friend’s advice on how to know if I should throw caution to the wind and go for it. And, well, I did feel as if this church planting idea was constantly on my mind and heart. The idea seemed to have me more than I had the idea.

So, after confirming the decision with Jamie (my ridiculously hot, blonde headed, blue eyed, wife of the century), I nervously told my pastor (who doubled as friend and boss) that it was time for us to meet with church leadership to discuss the most effective and healthy way for me to make my exit and head to Jasper.

That was 7 months ago. We were on our way to Jasper.

So, why do we now live in Troy, Alabama?

I have been asked that question more than a few times in the last few months, “Why Troy?”

Look for the answer in my next post.

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