Dear Southern Calvert Baptist Church,
The 2009 year has gone quickly; can you believe we are entering a new decade with 2010 right around the corner? Personally, I find it exciting to enter each year with high anticipation for making a greater impact in the next year than the previous years. Life and ministry are filled with multiple opportunities to see God at work and have the privilege of joining Him in leaving an eternal legacy.
As many of you know, God has given me a passion to see local church ministries work together to encourage and strengthen families in effort to grow godly generations. In fact, this phrase “growing godly generations” has become so vivid in my heart that I believe it has turned into a ministry calling for the rest of my life. In all, I am still learning exactly what this means with the plans God has for my life and family. I do not have all the answers. God has a way of guiding us ‘step by step’ rather than unfolding all the details at once. This is what it means to live by faith. Supremely, we are learning that growing godly generations does not happen without intentionality.
Over the past couple months God has opened a door for us to become more intentional about this passion. We have slowly walked through this step by step process and some of you have prayed with us over the last couple weeks to confirm God’s calling. We believe the time has come for us to share the summary of this process with the rest of the church body.
As of Sunday, November 15 God has called me to become the lead pastor of Severna Park Baptist Church, Maryland. Our family has been blessed much more than we deserve with an abundance of friendships, multiple memories of ministry experiences, seeing the lives of many transformed by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ and so much more at Southern Calvert! Once again, our family is humbled in that God is leading us to a new church family that is also loving and just as eager to see a movement of God. More specifically, Severna Park Baptist Church has a desire to share our vision of discovering what it means to grow godly generations through an intentional ministry process. This faith journey will begin on Sunday December 13, 2009 with our last Sunday at Southern Calvert being the week before.
As we leave, it is good for you to know that there has not been any negative action or personality conflict between us or any other member of Southern Calvert. Pastor Steve was very gracious with me and giving me time to complete this process. Even more, God has been very good to us and we have enjoyed our ministry together over the past four and a half years. Sometimes, God simply leads us to shift and refocus His Church in ways that are beyond our fullest comprehension. It is His church and we are only His servants.
Above all, our family cannot thank you enough for your friendship, love and generosity. You will always have a place in our hearts and lives. And I mean that with all sincerity and even tears of joy as I write this letter. God has great plans ahead for each of us and I pray that we will be found faithful to leave a legacy of spiritual impact for the kingdom of God.
With much love and for the glory of God,
Pastor Dave and Family