I’ve written recently of our struggle over the past little while to discern our place within Mill City Church as we continue trying to keep up with Jesus. We met with one of the pastors this evening and a member of the leadership team, and had what I would call a loving and truthful discussion about what our next steps can and should be. The result of that conversation is that we felt affirmed in being “sent, not stuck,” and we are grateful for that. As we move on, an offer was made to share any language with the covenant members of Mill City that would communicate directly from us what we are doing and why. Here’s the language I gave, which obviously I’m sharing here too:
Our family has been on a journey with Jesus over the past year that has resulted in our lives being radically transformed and turned upside down. Becoming a part of Mill City Church when we did has been an essential part of that process. As we keep trying to listen to and keep up with Jesus, we now hear him sending us into a new phase that will mean no longer being a regular part of this community. Please know that as we move on we do so with a keen sense of having been empowered and equipped while part of Mill City Church to do the work that is now laid out for us elsewhere. Thus, being a part of this church was an essential step down our path of discipleship, and we could not make these next steps without having done so. Please know, then, how grateful we are for our sojourn with you, and know that we will pray that you keep listening to Jesus for your next steps as a church as you continue to join God in what he’s already doing and seek to love your communities in his name.