In a scene reminiscent of Paul and Barnabas and the church at Antioch, the pastors and then the Board of Deacons of New Covenant Community Church gathered around me to lay hands on me to pray for and commission me to a new work.
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” Acts 13:1-3
While I look with anticipation to the start of my new ministry and becoming a part of a new church family, I am saddened by the fact that I am leaving my existing church family. It is a truly bittersweet time.