After 2 months of barely holding my tongue (blogfast and limited blogging since!) I can now tell the web that I’m moving on from being a Salvation Army officer. This is technically called ‘resignation’, and as such is a step away from ministry.
I want to make it clear, however, that in no way are we running away from what God wants of us. In fact one of the many reasons we’ve made this decision is because we’re seeking to follow God’s leading into a ‘new thing’ that he wants us to be part of.
For a long time now I’ve been feeling this, and wanted to be absolutely sure (as far as you can in matters of faith!) that this was the right thing to do, but the way things have developed since making the decision would seem to make it clear that this is what God wants of us.
We don’t want this to be something that looks like we’re angry with the Salvation Army, or taking a swipe at anyone’s calling to it. I pray that God will continue to do great things through the Army – it’s just it’s not where he wants us.
So, what next? Well, we’re staying in Exeter as Kay is really settled at her school, and buying an apartment on the edge of the city (learning how to do mortgages is very very fun!). I’ve got a job lined up that I start in two and a bit weeks, we’re exploring some new possibilities for our spiritual home…
It’s all really exciting, and at times a little bit scary, but as I’ve already said we just know that this is where God wants us to be…out on the edge, ready and able to respond to what he wants. I guess that means leaving behind something I’ve been part of for my whole life, but that’s something we’re willing to do.
Pray for us – and for those I’ve had the privilege to work with. This is a huge change that we’re going through…and we know we’re not on our own…but it’s still a huge change…