Change is weird and not at all comfortable, and, therefore, not what I’m about. But there are times in our lives where we do have to face changes head-on. I think I am at one of those times now.
Turn and Face the Strange Changes
Turn and face the strangeDavid Bowie, Changes (1971)
There’s gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I have spent the better part of my twenties and nearly half of my life working at CityChurch. Their mission has compelled me to create, communicate, and lead. However, I have – at times – put the welfare of my family aside in favor of that mission. But the means and the ends have slowly pulled apart from each other to an uncomfortable level. That is why I have decided to leave my staff role at CityChurch.
I love my church
I love my church. They exist so that all people can believe and thrive in Jesus. I will never forget that mission. It is imprinted on my life. But I can’t remain working at CityChurch as a vocation. Ministry will always be an important calling on my life, but I’ve accepted that may not always be what pays my bills.
CityChurch didn’t do anything to me. They didn’t abuse me. I am not a malcontent. I love my church, and I will continue to love my church so long as they continue to be a place for all people to believe and thrive in Jesus.
I feel like I have to provide that disclaimer now. It seems like a very tumultuous time for the Church (capital C) in our country, with a lot of scandals coming out under the #churchtoo and #exvangelical movements. I do think those movements have a lot of insights that would help the Church do better, but I felt like it was important to make sure my decision to leave did not become tainted by controversy or draw comparisons to those movements.
A new chapter
I am excited about this new phase in my career, and I’m excited to start something new, while still maintaining the amazing friendships that have made my time on staff at CityChurch such a fruitful experience.
I have accepted a position at the San Antonio Food Bank, whose mission is to “Fight Hunger and Feed Hope” in Southwest Texas. I will be their creative manager / senior graphic designer, handling a lot of video, design, and website work going forward. This is an exciting opportunity for me, and I can’t wait to continue working on a mission that helps the community.