I’m excited to let you know that Andrea and I will be taking a 6-8 week
sabbatical starting at the end of Feb. We’re believing that God
blesses times of rest (Gen 2:3) and that he is going to bless us during
this time with renewed vision and an even greater passion to lead our
church and to reach the lost.
I write this because I know that whenever a church leader steps aside,
even for a time, there may be questions as to the reasons/motives
behind it. Let me assure you that our motives are pure and there is
nothing hidden that needs to be disclosed. Furthermore, our family is
healthy and doing well. We have the full support of our elder and ministry
team in this.
Simply put, Andrea and I have realized that in the last 5 yrs, we have
been doing a lot of doing, and doing less being (with Jesus that is) than
we would like. Just as in the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10, we have
realized that we need to take some sabbath time to rest in Jesus and be
refreshed. Life and ministry is more of an ultra-marathon than a sprint.
How we finish is more important than how we start. I want to finish well.
I’m sure that you would agree. And part of that finishing well is that we
take times of rest.
So please know, this isn’t the end of River City Church. We have an
AMAZING ministry team who will take up the reigns during this time. Our
sending church, RCC Lewiston will be providing speakers during our
sabbatical time. River City Church will continue to do whatever it takes
to take ground for the Kingdom of God here in Missoula.
You can listen to the announcement and get more details from this podcast
from last Sunday.
Thank you and blessings on you!
Brian and Andrea