I spent four months as worship pastor and communication director at Crossroads. As much as I loved serving there (especially working with senior pastor Mike Haub) God had stirred in me a restlessness. I wanted more than anything to serve full time; to really dig in and give my all to that which God had called me to do. Problem was, both Mike and I knew that Crossroads would never be able to provide a full time position for me. If I were to stay, I would be foreced to be bi-vocational, which means my attention would be divided.
Through Pastor Mike's Bretheren in Christ (BIC) cluster group, a pastor from Manheim BIC approached me and asked if I would consider applying for a position there. Moving away from our family and selling our home really wasn't on our radar, but we agreed to pray about it and seek God's guidance. At the same time, I was taking a good hard look at the available options in the town where we were living, and we realized that all the doors were seemingly slammed closed.
We realized that our house–while beautiful–was just "stuff" and God would provide what we needed. I went through the formal application process and met with the staff and the board of MBIC, and it just seemed like a perfect fit! A great facility, lots of young families, lots of adopted kids, a contemporary service and a great staff. Not too big; not too small.
Now the hard part: we had to sell our house. In addition, our tenants in our old house that we were renting out let us know that they were moving out. So Amy had to give notice, we needed to get rid of two houses, we needed to find a place to live in Manheim and I really wanted to find a worship leader for Crossroads. No problem.
Well it may come as no surprise, but that's excatly what happened! We sold out house in 23 days. We found tenants to sign a 2 year lease on our rental property. We found a great house to rent in Lititz, PA which is a short 10-minute drive from the church. And a friend of mine named Russ Long agreed to step in as the worship leader at Crossroads. Amy's employer even agreed to let her work remotely until they found a replacement for her. Absolutely incredible!
It was clear that God had ordained and directed this move, so on Sept. 28th, 2013 a group of men from the church came down and moved everything in our house in 2 1/2 hours, drove to Lititz and unloaded into the new place! The sense of community was incredible, and it was even more affirmation that we were heading in the right direction.