For the past several years I have chosen one word that I believe captures and symbolizes all that God is going to do in my life in the coming year. I try to pray through all that I believe he will teach me and what he’s calling me to both in the life of my family and my personal goals as well as my hopes and dreams for our church. In reality, it’s almost comical to look back on my “one word” at the end of the year. All that I thought it was going to mean is seldom what it actually means and I find that God has taught me infinitely more than I could have ever imagined.
My word for 2019 is “BUILD”. On January 8th, when I felt confident that was the word God had for me, I had no idea that just a few days later I would be asked by our church leadership to be the campus pastor at our North Fort Worth campus. Literally. No. Idea. You see, in my mind, I felt like we were going through a time of transition as a worship ministry and I was really wanting to lay the foundation for where we were going in the future. We were going to reestablish some foundations that we’ve had and then build upon those processes in even greater ways that we had before…and we are still going to do those things!
Like I said before, I had no idea that God was working a plan to change my role and solidify a calling and passion that He had been growing in my heart for several years now. But here’s the thing, God totally knew. He knew the he was placing in my heart a word that would capture where not only I was going, but that our campus and church was going. BUILD. I wrote in my journal, “Build – To form something larger by ordering and uniting smaller pieces by a gradual means. To develop according to a plan and with purpose.”
I am so excited about this new chapter for me, my family, and our church family! (That’s each and every one of you!) I believe wholeheartedly that God has great things in store for our North Fort Worth campus. I believe that "BUILD" is not only my one word, but OUR one word. I believe that he wants to use us to BUILD HIS kingdom here in NFW. He wants to BUILD our relationships to be stronger than they ever have been. He wants to BUILD our faith in Him and strengthen our connection to Him. He wants to BUILD on the foundation laid by our Senior Pastor, Doug Walker and our Executive Pastor (Congrats!!), Jay West.
In the message this past weekend I shared that we should not be afraid to dream big, God-sized dreams, but that we shouldn’t be afraid to start right where we are. I’ve prayed for many, many years to be a part of something so amazing that the only explanation for the results would be that God showed up in an awesome way. We can see that! It starts right here. It starts today. It starts with each of us taking one step toward what God is building and doing it together.
Hebrews 3:4 says this, “For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” We each have a part to play, but in each step we will give glory and honor to God - for every guest that walks through our doors, for every marriage we see restored, for every orphan that finds a family, and for every person that finds the real hope of Jesus.
I am so blessed, honored, and excited to be your campus pastor! I can’t wait to see how God uses us to BUILD something great here at FOTP North Fort Worth!