This morning, I begin my last week as a pastor at Pathways Church. Next Sunday morning, I will teach in our morning service and then watch the Super Bowl as the first former staff member of Pathways.
We have been blessed in our time at Pathways — from helping to shape some of the earliest dreams, to connecting with people in the community, to our first Sunday gathering and on. The blessings continue as Pathways is going to continue to support us in the coming months while we lay the groundwork to begin a new adventure in forming a faith community.
Many have asked if I am sad about our time at Pathways coming to an end. Yes, and not yet. This has been the plan since we first moved to the Seattle area, so we have lived in anticipation of it. But, what we value most is the relationships we have in Pathways, and we will continue to be a part of the community in the next few months as we will stay here while I finish up school this spring. So the sweet sorrow of parting is not upon us yet.
What’s next? That’s a good question, and one we are eager to explore. We strongly considered moving to Austin before coming to Seattle, and that is where we are directing our dreams now. We’ve been having great conversations with others about what that might look like, and I’m excited to share more as things take shape.