After a year of conversations and mutual “interviewing,” Janny and I have made the life changing decision to go on staff (as Pastors/Missionaries) with NieuCommunities, a collective within Church Resource Ministries. NieuCommunities mission: 1. develop Church leaders by offering an intensive 1-year apprenticeship (accredited by many Seminaries…including mine!) and 2. community development (what they would call “Mission”) by embodying Jesus in the often forgotten parts of society (half way homes, refugee popluation, homeless, etc…) After 6 years in youth ministry and 2 years teaching public school, we are extremely hopeful and enlivened by this new page in our story. We hope to be apart of this organization and group of people for a long time as we are inspired by their heart to live out the Church, serve the community and invite all towards God’s Kingdom.
While NieuCommunities has faith communities around the world, there is currently only one in the United States. It is centered in the neighborhood of Golden Hill, between the city of San Diego and the Mexican border. After 20+ years on the Central Coast, we will be packing our bags and moving our family (our baby girl is due September 17th!) from Santa Cruz on August 15th. There is lots to share, but I will expand on that as things more forward.
For now, we are working hard at inviting others into participation in our story and its role within God’s mission. Please check out our new blog/website that explains much more: North of the Border
We are extremely thankful for all that have chosen to support and advance our story over the years and are greatly looking forward to each relationship continuing and growing.