When God Calls…

2014 is a year of transition for the Rush Household. Today, I announced to my congregation that I sensed God calling me to another church. Bannockburn Baptist Church, the wonderful congregation I’ve had the privilege of pastoring for the past decade, has been as good to me and my family as any pastor could hope for. They have cheered us on, laughed with us, cried with us, celebrated our victories, and encouraged us during our weakest moments. 

I’ve always admired pastors who stayed in one place their entire ministries, and had every intention of being one of those leaders. However, I’ve been reminded that I have a calling from God – not a career. And that means I must follow His lead. 

I’m excited about the future, as the Rush family moves to Katy, TX – just west of Houston – to connect with another wonderful group of people and share Jesus’ message of grace and hope with the world. But I cannot put into words the gratitude I have for ten years of sharing life with such an incredible, loving group of people. I’m also excited for the future of Bannockburn. God has raised up an amazing staff and an entire church of servant leaders who are passionate followers of Jesus Christ. I have the firm conviction that the same Good God who is calling me away is Good and Faithful to bring someone amazing to be the next shepherd of this miracle church. 

Yesterday was a sad one, because I began the month of goodbyes with friends I love. But today is already better…

Because God is faithful. 

and His plans are better than mine. 

and the very best place for any of us to be is in the center of His will.

and in just a little while, because of Jesus, we can be together again anyway for a reunion that lasts eternity. 

 

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The spiritual barriers people face are countless, but they can be categorized into Eight Primary Walls. These walls correlate with the 8 primary breakthroughs that everyone needs.
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When I am facing a difficult situation, I feel like I can solve problems on my own.
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I believe the Bible has answers for today's circumstances.
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I believe God is willing and able to answer my prayers.
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I feel I can turn to God for direction.
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I worry about the problems that the future holds.
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I am grateful for the things I have been given.
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I observe things that make me wonder if I should believe the Bible.
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I feel strong relationships are hard, but worth it.
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I find myself more focused on the things I don't have but wish I did.
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I feel with God's help, I can face any situation.
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I spend too much of my energy pursuing material things.
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I believe God loves me in spite of who I am.
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I am intentionally seeking to grow in my relationships with others.
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I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God.
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I am willing to sacrifice immediate gratification for something better down the road.
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I question why God allowed certain things to happen in my life.
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I feel there is a disconnect between who I really am and how I act in front of other people.
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I know a lot of people, but don't feel very close to many people.
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I don't believe anyone can ever know what is absolutely true.
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I try to avoid temptations that would bring me harm.
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I think God cares about the details of my life.
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I look forward to good things in my future.
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It humbles me to think I can know God.
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I believe truth is the same for everyone.
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I am amazed at God's power.
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I am so busy that I find myself ignoring the most important things in my life.
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I am confident God has forgiven me for my past.
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I believe God is loving and kind.
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I feel compelled to make the world around me better.
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I have too many of my own problems to deal with the problems of others.
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When bad things happen, I feel like I am getting what I deserve.
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I find myself drawn to things I know are bad for me.
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My faith practices are more about routine than relationship.
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When looking back on my life, I tend to focus on all of the things I did wrong.
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People who have hurt me in the past cause me to avoid some relationships today.
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I have been wronged in the past in a way I cannot get over.
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When bad things happen, I wonder if God can make things better.
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I worry that God is angry with me.
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I tend to expect the worst to happen.
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The possibility of gaining a good friend is worth the risk.
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I think that God will meet all my needs.
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I have to guard against judging people when I learn they are dealing with tough circumstances.
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I believe God wants what is best for me.
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It troubles me that God has not answered my prayers.
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I have witnessed things that make me wonder if God is in control.
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I have a hard time trusting people.
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People would describe me as a giving person.
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I am willing to serve others for nothing in return.
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