After starting Fusion Church roughly nines year ago with the help of Chris Derrick, Nate and Jill Williams, and many others I feel my time as Lead Pastor has come to an end.
I believe Fusion is heading in a direction that reflects God's missional nature and responds to the inevitable changes in our culture. Our vision of Connecting People to Jesus, His People and His Mission and our current ministry structure (Sunday Gatherings, Missional Villages and Life Transformation Groups) which is designed to give legs to the vision will continue to serve the church well. Together we have all worked hard to establish an ethos that does not feed our culture's tendency toward consumerism, individualism and materialism. I am encouraged by the results from our work as a whole church and believe we are only beginning to see the fruit. That being said the need I see is not so much for a change in mission, vision, ministry or direction as it is a change in leadership and staff structure.
While there are advantages to having a staff made up of three part-time employees there are also some disadvantages. My sense for some time is that we need one person who is focused full-time on Jesus' ministry and mission among the Fusion Church Family. I believe that leader needs to bring a different gift mix to the church than what I have to offer. Although I don't think I'm the person to lead Fusion in this next season my desire is to do everything possible to provide for my successor and to make myself available to serve in some type of capacity at the request of the new leadership.
The Leadership Team, myself included, have made the decision to pursue Chael Tiller as the next Lead Pastor. Chael and Jen have served Fusion for the past five years and feel called to step into this new role. Once the Leadership Team has interviewed them, the whole church body will be given an opportunity to participate in the decision making process. I'm incredibly excited for the Tillers, the Fusion family and the community at large.
As for my future direction, I hope to continue to do what I started doing 26 years ago - making disciples. My greatest passion is to introduce people outside of the church to Christ and His Kingdom and I feel the best way to do that is by training Christ followers to be missionaries in the context God has placed them. I'm driven to help Missional Christians start communities (extended families) among their neighbors, the marginalized and the millennial generation. I see myself as a first world missionary and I would appreciate everyone's prayers as I navigate this next leg on my journey.