Dear Trinity Community Church Family,
This past Sunday we had the privilege of welcoming José Nazario and Everett Meadors onto the elder board. We also expressed our gratitude to Larry and Michael who are stepping down from the board after nearly six years of faithful and sacrificial service. Many of the ways they served our body went unseen and we thank God for their willingness to invest their time and lives for the benefit of our church family. Both Larry and Michael will continue to be involved in various ministries here at TCC and we pray that God will continue to bless the work of their hands.
For those who were unable to attend the service this morning, we also communicated some exciting, yet sad news regarding David, our Lead Pastor. Several months ago, David came to the board and shared with us about a decision he had been thinking and praying over for some time. Here it is in his own words:
Serving here at TCC is a joy. I am excited about what God is doing and see so much potential among the congregation here. The past few years have been the richest ministry experience in my life so far.
At the same time, I feel compelled to be serving Jesus in a place where the gospel has made less progress than it has here. There is great spiritual need everywhere- and Lake County is no exception. Nevertheless, the church is much stronger here than in other parts of the world. Western Europe, and France in particular, is a place of great need and great opportunity. In light of my own life story, having been born there, having spent time in Europe during college, and having a strong start with the language, I believe I would be able to serve the church there in a fruitful way. My desire is to come alongside the French church by supporting and encouraging gospel-centered preaching, church leadership, and pastoral ministry.
The thought of saying goodbye to my family here at TCC is very hard. But I think moving is the right thing. My hope is that I can be sent out by Trinity and that some kind of partnership would continue, where we would stay connected, visits would go both ways, and we all would grow in our vision of how God is using us to have an impact all over the world.
Obviously, this was difficult news to hear. David has been a true blessing to our church through his faithful and fearless preaching of the word and we were not eager to entertain thoughts of his departure. However, as we sought the Lord in prayer, we agreed that David is indeed being called elsewhere at this time.
One of our core values and one we have emphasized over the past year is that we, as a body, desire to be “mission-focused”. Sending members of our body out to preach the gospel to those who have a desperate need to hear is a natural result of such a focus. And though we are saddened, we also rejoice that the Lord has heard our prayers and is providing us with the opportunity to share in His mission to the world.
Please note that David is not leaving immediately! He will continue in his role as Lead Pastor and will remain fully invested in the ministries and life of TCC through the end of this year. David will step down in January 2015 and then begin the process of transitioning to the mission field in France over the following months.
Our hope is to identify a candidate for Lead Pastor before David starts this transition. The elders will be heading up that process and may put together an advisory board to help evaluate potential candidates. However, we also welcome any input from those in the church body and we ask each of you to be committed to praying both for the process and for the right replacement for David.
During this time, we know there will be many questions and many suggestions. To help keep communication as easy as possible, please note the following:
All of the elders can be reached via the single email address: “elders[at]trinitylink.com”. Written communication can also be placed in the elders’ “mailbox” upstairs in the church office. You can also submit feedback online at “trinitylink.com/feedback” (adding your name is optional). David can be reached at david[at]trinitylink.com.
Our church family has seen many changes. As we look back, we see how God has been faithful in His provision and care for this body. And so, as we look forward, we are confident that He who began the good work in us will also bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6). Again, we ask each of you to join us in prayer and we encourage you to share your thoughts and questions with us as we navigate this process together.
Larry, Michael, Brian, David G. and David N.