The winds, they are changing, at least that’s what it feels like. After five years of ministry in Southern Oregon I have accepted a call to pastor the Sandy Seventh-day Adventist church in Sandy, Oregon. I have learned a lot during my five years here. Just over two of them spent as the youth pastor of the Medford Seventh-day Adventist Church and Lead Pastor of Sonrise Christian Fellowship. And it’s been almost three years that I’ve been the lead pastor of Gateway Seventh-day Adventist Church and Sonrise Christian Fellowship.
Pastoring two churches is one of the hardest things I’ve done. There are some very unique challenges that one is presented with when pastoring two churches. At this point in time I am definitely looking forward to focusing all my attention and energy with one church family. Pastoring two churches has been a good learning experience as I have been able to solidify what I believe and stand for, and I am excited to see what God does as I join with the Sandy Church in doing ministry in Northern Oregon.
This move takes my family out of Southern Oregon and back up to the Portland area. Sandy is a smallish town on Hwy 26 heading out towards Mt. Hood. Their motto is “Gateway to Mount Hood.” As someone who loves mountains I’m excited. I have driven through Sandy several times and have always mentioned that it would be a neat town to live in. Here I actually get the chance!
So what will my focus be on the blog now that I am moving to a new area and my cancer ordeal is somewhat in the rear view mirror? That is a good question. There are a few things that I have been studying and reading about lately and I am thinking about using those as opportunities to begin discussion here. Two of the major things I’ve been looking into are apologetics and righteousness by faith. I’m sure that these two topics alone will create some very interesting commenting.
In the meantime, packing is taking priority as we must pack up an entire house (which now has much more stuff due to having a one-year-old). But I’m hoping to have a more regular posting schedule (I think I’ve said that before) once the move is done.