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Learning More about Jon Kirby

Here is the audio from our public question & answer time with Jon at Heather Hills:
Q&A with Jon Kirby

Here is the audio from Jon’s teaching on spiritual development at Heather Hills:
Four Essential Commitments for a Spiritual Development Ministry

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Waiting…

A man’s heart plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps.
Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

Growing up, I always had a plan.  I would become a preacher.  A missionary.  An evangelist.  A secret agent.  Whatever the boy in me thought was the most important, the most exciting–these were my pursuits and dreams.

When I was 14 years old, I lived in Scotland with my parents, who were missionaries.  We took a trip that summer to visit missionary friends in Europe.  My plan became to be a missionary to France.

In college, I was exposed to urban ministry and how God was working in the city.  My plan became to be a church-planter in the great cities of America.

As I grew, the plans became more elaborate and researched.  The determinations became more serious and focused.

I never became a missionary to France.  I never started a church in an inner city.  I never trained to be a secret agent.  My plans were in shambles.  There were times I questioned myself about planning at all.

But along the way, I learned some valuable lessons about life, particularly the life of a follower of Christ.  I learned that WHAT I would do or WHERE I would go was not nearly as important as WHY I would do it and WHOM I would do it for.

As a young man, I had great dreams about what I could do for God.  Everything was about having the biggest and best ministry with the most impact and renown.  And sincerely, my dreams were about what could be done for God, not myself.  But they were my plans.  And I’m not sovereign or omniscient.  Not a bit.

I still make plans.  I believe in setting goals and trying to achieve them.  I want to recognize my strengths and God-given abilities and develop them and use them in the most efficient way possible.  But God changes things–sometimes when I least expect it.  And I’ve learned that’s okay.  In fact, I love to be surprised by God.  He always gives good gifts.

So, here I sit, one week after giving my last update on the latest plans I have: to become a senior pastor.  I have no doubt that God is in this transition in my life.  And though I wait on His perfect will for my life, I am not anxious.  Not at all.  He is showing me that He will direct my paths.  He is eliminating churches from consideration, and bringing new ones into my view.  In fact, I’m even having some initial discussion now with a church that wasn’t even on my radar until this week.

It’s exciting, this living by faith.  I never know what the next day, the next phone call, may bring.  But I know the One who knew about it when He formed me in my mother’s womb.

How can I not rest in His care? 

An Update

There are literally hundreds of churches looking for pastors.  It is really sad.  I had no idea there was such a dearth of church leadership in our country.  Of course, many of these men are retiring about a long tenure of leading their church.  Some, however, are leaving over moral failures.

I have been a bit particular here at the beginning where I send my resume.  I am completely dependent on the Lord’s leading through this process but am also trying to think clearly and practically as well.  I am primarily sending my resume to Baptist or Bible churches that have a philosophy of ministry I identify with.  I am also looking primarily for churches that employ blended worship, a mix of the old and new.  I am looking for churches whose members appear to be actively engaged in ministry, where prayer is prominent, where love is the prevailing spirit.  Obviously, I am not considering churches whose doctrinal statement would conflict with my understanding of Scripture.  I am also not looking for churches embroiled in conflict over matters of opinion like Bible translations, etc.

So far, I have contacted 14 churches directly, stretching from California to Virginia to Florida to Massachusetts.  Of these 14, two are no longer in consideration.  I am praying daily for the leadership and search teams in the remaining 12 churches that God will give clear direction to both of us.  I have also posted my resume on several websites including www.churchjobs.net, www.churchstaffing.com, and www.pastorfinder.com

In this period of waiting on the Lord, I am doing all I can do to be as prepared as possible for my new church family.  I am doing a great deal of reading and reviewing, both in areas of church leadership as well as in general biblical studies.  Of course, I am also striving to be faithful in my current ministry and preparing here for a smooth transition.

I have received literally hundreds of pieces of encouragement, from my church family and from you all around the country.  Thanks for that!  It is both a blessing and an affirmation to us. 

Ten and a half weeks to go!  Keep praying for us!