It’s been a little while since I’ve ranted. As many of you know I have transitioned from The Church at South Las Vegas to South Hills Church in Corona, CA. Let me start by saying that South Hills is an amazing church and I’m super excited to be here. And, yes, I will probably blog a little bit about my transition experience in the not so distant future. 🙂
With that said, transitions are never easy. The Church at South Las Vegas is a great church and it’s never easy leaving great churches. What’s more is that it’s never easy leaving great relationships behind. All these things are especially hard if it’s a bad transition—let’s say someone was fired or left on bad terms. Graciously, in our case we left on good terms. It still doesn’t make everything easy.
We’re in a place where we are the new kids on the block, our kids have to make new friends and process the move, we have to reestablish ourselves, meet and exceed the expectations that our new church has and so much more. This is why I know God is the one who moved us on. When I heard God say it’s time to go—I wrestled with Him for a long time because I knew what that meant. I knew it wouldn’t be easy on any of us, especially my wife and kids.
It sometimes bothers me to see people so anxious to keep moving from one spot to another without regret, remorse, etc.—transition is usually always a tough thing, especially for families. It should be tough. It should be tough to leave friends. It should be emotional to leave a great ministry behind that you’ve been a part of.
Why is it that people always want to know the “truth” behind the transition? Why can’t it be just because we heard God’s voice? Why do people stay? It’s probably because they heard God’s voice to stay. I admit not everything went perfect in my transition. I could’ve been better in some areas and the church could’ve been better in others. Overall though, it was good.
As tough as transitions are we choose to trust God and the great future plans He has for us. When the devil tries to play with our minds in our low times, we will choose to trust God and surround ourselves with people who believe in us.
My advice–transition only if you know it’s God speaking to you. Don’t make an emotional decision–make a God decision.
If you’ve ever been through a church staffing transition, I’d love to hear your experience. Good, bad, beautiful, ugly?