About six years ago, a good friend approached me with an opportunity. I was working in real estate consulting at the time, but hoped to return to full-time ministry with North Point Ministries. There had been four different Directors of Life Lessons in the previous four years, and the ministry needed someone to invest in its leaders and bring stability and a systems approach to Life Lessons Over Lunch. My friend, who had been my boss at North Point Ministries from 2005-2007, thought I was the right man for the job. A few months later, in June 2009, I started as the Director of Life Lessons Over Lunch.
Over the past five-and-a-half years, I have had the privilege of watching Life Lessons grow and make an impact on countless lives of people in the marketplace. During that time, you have launched almost 250 new Life Lessons groups, and we now reach more than 5,500 people on a regular basis. I have loved hearing the stories of life change, and it has been so exciting to watch your influence grow as Life Lessons has expanded around the world. But I think my favorite part of this job has been the incredible quality of the leaders with whom I’ve worked. I have learned so much from you about investing in your spheres of influence. And I love the heart you show for reaching unchurched people.
What’s next for me
This fall, the same friend who hired me twice before approached me about a new opportunity within North Point Ministries, and it’s one that’s near to my heart. This month I will be transitioning to a new role as a Men’s and Married Groups Director at Watermarke Church, the North Point church in Cherokee County, Georgia.
Small groups have shaped my own spiritual growth like nothing else—I have been in small groups for most of the last 27 years, and my wife and I have led Married Community Groups for the past 15 years. Leading small groups and coaching small group leaders was my entry point to vocational ministry, both right out of college and in my return to full-time ministry in 2005. Finally, Watermarke Church is where my wife has worked for the past two years, which means that we will be a one-church family again for the first time since November of 2012, which is a big win for us.
What’s next for Life Lessons
We are in the process of interviewing for my position, and we hope to have someone in place in early 2015. In the meantime, Ellen Gray is more than capable of supporting you well. Your DVD orders will still be processed and your questions will be answered in a timely manner. The one thing that would be most helpful during this transition is to address your LLOL-related email correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org. From now through the end of the year, that email address will go to both me and Ellen, and once we hire a new Director, those emails will go to both the new Director and Ellen. I will continue to help out as needed while we work to hire my replacement.
While I’m excited about what this new opportunity means for me and for my family, you and Life Lessons will always have a special place in my heart, and I will really miss this ministry. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve you over the past five-plus years, and I will continue to follow this ministry from the outside. Thank you for allowing me to partner with you in ministry!