Much like PastorJay's post of a few months ago, here's a moving on post of my own. I've been a full time staff member here in Flushing, MI for 17+ years. Prior to coming here, I spent 20 years as a student ministries pastor, always with some responsibilities in worship leadership. I'd describe my current role as Worship and Creative Arts Pastor and Utility Infielder. And then the phone rang with an invitation to join the staff at a church in Lakeland Florida of all places! Plenty of prayerful conversation led to the decision to move to a completely different part of the world (yes, same country but in terms of climate and lifestyle its a big change). The church context is pretty different than my current situation so I'm expecting to learn a lot about being the new guy in the new place over the next year. My title won't change much but the expectations are a bit different in terms of leading, mentoring and guiding worship teams rather than being the front man almost all the time. There will be plenty more Utility Infielder opportunities as well, but that should always be expected. I'm excited that there's also an opportunity for my lovely wife to join the staff, she's an ordained elder in our denomination. I just counted the times I used the word "different" in the above paragraph...pretty well sums up my expectations. But we certainly wouldn't do this if we hadn't felt the Spirit's leading so, here we go. Since the announcement a few weeks ago, people have been loving, kind and gracious, which is merely a return on the love, kindness and grace that God has empowered us to give away as we served. I appreciate the lighthearted sincerity of those who frequent this forum whether we discuss the nuts and bolts of IEM, the superiority of the Telecaster as an instrument, or support through life's challenges and changes. Man, you can collect a lot of crap staying in one place for 17 years! If you're still reading, please breathe a prayer for wisdom, discernment, a smooth transition, and that we find a place to live! Our house in MI already sold through word of mouth and I'm trusting that if God worked the deal on this end, he'll work a deal on the other. THANKS!