Northside celebrated Rusty & Michelle Kennedy's 18th anniversary as a staff member. It was at that point that I shared with the church that God was moving us on from Northside. It is like turning 18 and time to move out of the house to start your own life.
In December, God spoke very clearly to Michelle and I that it was time to begin our own ministry/church. We have walked through this process very slowly at this point. We have shared every thought and meeting with our pastor and staff. We have met with friends, denominational workers and our own two children. We are not quite sure what ministry God is calling us to next. I feel as if it will be a personal ministry in the beginning and then move into a church plant. We hope to stay in our community were we currently live.
Our leaving has nothing to do with my relationship with our church or staff. I genuinely love them all and will continue to be a part of them. They are my family and friends. But this departure is purely based on the calling God has on my life.
Kind of scary, but it is a huge leap of faith... or else I am just stupid. The whole "leap of faith" thing makes it pretty exciting as well. We have no idea what God has in store for us. Our last day on staff at Northside is scheduled for Sunday, May 20th. After that, the door is wide open. I will keep you updated...
Until then, pray that God will give us clarity for future ministry.