A Season of Change
With the recent announcement that Pastor Jason is transitioning off staff at the end of June, theHeart is entering into a time of change. And though change can be difficult, it's also an opportunity for us to celebrate who we are and remember that God is calling us to somewhere we have yet to imagine.
By Josh Anderson, Pastor
If you were able to join us for an important announcement on May 2, you know that Pastor Jason will be transitioning off staff after 12 years of faithful service to theHeart. His last day is Sunday, June 27. You can watch a recording of the Gathering and what was said below:
Admittedly I struggled with what to say.
From the time Jason first informed us that he was transitioning off staff until that very moment at our Sunday Gathering, I had experienced a roller-coaster of emotions.
Shock, sadness, grief.
Like so many in our church family, Jason is many things to me—he is my colleague, my mentor, my faith leader.
But above all, he is my friend.
And I will miss working with my friend.
It was about seven years ago that Jason first introduced me as the newest addition to theHeart staff.
I got up here and balled my eyes out. Little did I know what adventure God had in store for me, with Jason serving as tour guide.
Seven has significance in the Bible. It’s holy and it’s a number that represents completeness.
I guess this transition could be viewed like that. But it’s still hard.
I’ll miss the conversations we would have about faith, and baseball, and girl dad life.
We would talk for hours. And when I say we would talk for hours, I mean Jason would talk for much of the time and I would listen.
Change is hard. We can’t see what’s coming.
But so often, looking back at what has been can help us as we look forward to what is yet to come.
Jason has set us up well for a time such as this.
He has given voice to our church family, much of which started 7 years before he joined staff.
Who We Are
We are a place for the brokenhearted and the wounded. We’re a people who question and don’t conform. We’re a place for those who simply need God and not all the religious nonsense.
We are a place where we can pursue a relationship with God and one another that is deeply personal, uncomfortably honest, and beautifully layered.
Ever since our doors opened 20 years ago, we have been a place for those who find themselves on the margins and fringes.
Today, because of Jason, we have a mission that helps guide our way.
Reconciling people to God and each other through Christ’s Love. Simple. Is our anthem.
And the beat of that anthem comes through in the distinct values we carry as a church family: loving, simple, called, true, mobile.
Jason helped us define these values. And yet it has always been up to each one of us to live them out in the special and unique ways God has already ordained.
We Have a Decision to Make
We are entering into a pivotal season as a church family. And we have an important decision to make: Are we ready to take everything that God has taught us through Jason and put it into action?