…continued from Part One
One day during the Summer, I met with Mike again for lunch. We met at a Chinese place in town and Mike shared with me his dream and what he felt God calling him to do in this region. As I listened to him, I remember thinking, “this man is clearly being led by the Spirit.” Everything he was saying was right in line with what I believed God wanted to do through me as well, but it seemed literally impossible for it to happen in my life. It was during this time that Mike laid out an informal invite for me to play some type of role in the startup of this church. He also mentioned that the name “Vertical” had been decided.
I left and went back to work. I called Nikki on the way and told her what Mike and I had talked about, and Nikki flat out told me, “No.” See, we were both realists, at least in the sense that we believed going to a church with no pay was, honestly, a stupid, irresponsible decision. I mean, we had 3 kids, could barely pay bills as it was, and were constantly stressed out as it was. Dropping my income? Not gonna happen.
During this time, Brandon (Vertical’s Student Pastor) began talking to me about how the team was praying for me to be a part in some way. During the early Fall, I met with Mike for lunch again (funny how a lot of this involves food) and he laid it out on the line. He and the other pastors had prayed and were ready to bring me to Vertical as Worship Arts Pastor.
I can’t really describe the emotions I felt. I mean, I was in a comfortable job position at another church. I had job security. I really enjoyed what I was doing, for the most part. I really enjoyed the people there. I had made some amazing friendships. My entire life I’d been in that church. My dad was on staff at that church. The more I thought about it, the more crazy and scary it seemed. I told Mike that I’d continue to pray and seek the Lord on it, but I knew in my mind that it was just too crazy for me.
I literally told myself in my office after that meal, “There is no way I’d ever end up doing that. It’s just not possible.”
Stay tuned for part three – the final in this blog trilogy.