Tonight marked the closing of a chapter for me. When I came back from Sabbatical in September, I really sensed God was calling me to focus my time more on my leadership, prayer, and creativity. I had no idea, (and still sometimes don't) how that would work itself out.
Although I'm not moving out of the area, or away from Redwood City, I'm now moving from my leadership role with PCC's young adult (YA) ministry into a new role within PCC. I've grown in this pastoral role since I moved out to California fifteen years ago, in 1998, so it is bittersweet to say goodbye to being the PCC Young Adults pastor.
In my new role, "Creative Arts Pastor," (I don't cling tightly to titles), I'll
be focusing on creating spaces for more prayer gatherings, experimenting with new ideas for worship and the arts-initiating movement and teams in creativity
in our worship gatherings , and creating opportunities in the arts for and through PCC (starting arts
programs in schools/community, etc)--and more video/film
projects. Things I've been passionate about and been doing "on the side" for and through PCC for years-and what we've been doing in young adults (you'll see below) videos, drama, etc, forever-- and
now I'll just be focusing on that aspect for all ages in the church family. (I'll still be involved with our Young Married's ministry monthly, too).
I'm sad to not be involved in the young adult
ministry officially, but I know seasons must change--and it is my time to transition. That doesn't mean that I won't be visiting the YA gatherings, and more importantly that I won't be connected to the YA people, just that my direct involvement will change and a new leadership and vision must emerge. (There will be a "volunteer" team leading for now, until a plan develops for the future). Currently there are passionate leaders who love God and the community of people, and who also adapt quickly to change, who are pioneering and praying about some new things. Deep inside, I know that this must happen for growth and expansion of this community under God's direction, and I'm actually envious that I won't get to be a part of what's next! This community understands the kingdom and yearns to see it come! (Thanks for all who prayed for me tonight. That's how I want to live)!
My biggest concern is that any of our young adults would feel forgotten
or left out. I truly care about the leaders and people of the YA
community and my hope and prayer is for their best. That's the part that
I'll miss, being with them! (And I hope many of them will
cross-pollinate and partner in the creative endeavors on PCC's horizon).
I keep telling myself: God is/will be doing some great new things!
As I've been working in my two roles the past few months, I
haven't had lots of time to let things soak in. My time has been ramping
up to Good Friday and Easter (both of which have lots of creative
elements that I'm excited about), so I haven't fully had, or allowed
myself, the time to really know how things will feel. So I expect April
and May to be really be the time when reality sets in, when everything
in my current routine changes. My Tuesday nights won't be spent they way, I'll no longer be leading our Church's summer
ministry internship, and my schedule will radically shift.
Reminding myself again: God always is good and doing new things. And I'm looking forward to them. As I look back, this season has brought with it an incredible amount of reflection. And I'm thankful for the joy of memories.
Thankfully many of my reflections come with visuals. I've kept a lot of pictures and videos. Even before our lives were shared over Facebook, our community of people loved to capture life behind and in front of the camera.
Over the next couple months, I will be releasing bits and pieces of these reflections through videos and pictures. For my first snippet, I'll share with you GHETTO ANNOUNCEMENTS! Before there was imovie and Final Cut pro, I would use two VCR's to make these video announcements every week, with the help of a very creative, talented, and improvisational team! Enjoy.
Ghetto A's Week 1. 2001 from PCC Young Adults on Vimeo.