Today is my last official day of work with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
For the last 3 years, and the previous 2 years as a student, I have labored in partnership with the movement to see the Kingdom of God established on the University Campus.
We spent these past 5 years together in deep communion. My character was formed, my spiritual life developed, my relationship with the Holy Trinity deepened in intimacy out of a deep well of abundant life giving water.
As a family and community in Christ we bickered and argued as much as we loved and served and blessed one another.
We also fought together. We fought to see the love of God and his kingdom brought to every corner of the campus. We fought to see racial reconciliation and restorative justice brought to the forefront of our mission. We fought to see intentional communities established. We fought to see students become world changers – who would be driven to see their own lives and the lives of their peers transformed and the campus renewed.
We fought together to see revival. We fought together to see students propelled into mission. We fought desperately because we heard the urgent call of the gospel, its invitation into radical abandonment of our own lives and we chose in. At times we chose into poverty, at others we chose into rejection, at other times suffering, but we also chose into favor, and grace, and blessing, and sanctification, and an experience of the manifest glory of God and the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our ministry.
I thank you, InterVarsity, for sharing your life and the movement with me.
Leaving raises some intense emotions in me. The future is ambiguous – even as I prepare to begin new ministry in the Salt Lake City and begin my M.Div. I feel like I’ve left a part of my heart and a piece of my soul on the campus and with the ministry. I gave my life to this campus and these students and they blessed me with their’s. Leaving the ministry is like leaving a family behind. To say farewell to a place that felt so much like home, to then go and sojourn for a time without the certainty of where I will land. I feel much like Abram, invited by the Lord to leave behind the comfort and security of Haran and head off the Canaan – to the unexpected, to the unknown, and yet to the promise.
I’ve come to believe that the invitation from the Lord is to always to consider how we might participate with him in being a blessing to the nations, that through us all the nations of the world might be blessed.
My spiritual director two days ago invited me to consider how the next few days might be an experience of the death and resurrection of Jesus. I look forward to a renewed experience of his passion and resurrection today and in the days to come. I pray that in the next few days you would join me in prayer and in experiencing this very thing as well.
As I prepare to spend the next few weeks sharing and dreaming with my ministry partners, I am excited for what God has in store for the University of Utah campus and for Salt Lake City and for the world. God is still on the move and is still narrating a story for us and for all of his beloved.
To you, InterVarsity, I now offer farewell;
I offer a grateful farewell to you, InterVarsity, for the ways you grew me, formed, and led me to Christ;
I offer a prophetic farewell to you, InterVarsity, that we both would press into the vision of heaven and the Kingdom of God and how we might bring that reality into our present reality;
I offer you a you an expectant farewell, that together we would wait on the Lord, more than the watchmen wait for the morning.
I offer you a loving farewell, that in all things we continue to share the love of Christ, and the zeal of the King who is relentless and passionate for his children.
Would we continue to compel the lost into the Father’s house, teach the truth of the Lord, prophesy justice, reconciliation, and restoration; would we continue to shepherd and love well for those under our care, and go to every corner of the earth ambitiously preaching Christ where he has not been preached; would we be relentless in spreading the story of the one who left heaven to declare, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.”
Grace and Shalom,