Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Life Update: John Following God's Call into the Business World

Dear Friends, 

Kelsey and I are in a bittersweet season of life where we are trusting God’s plan. Over the past 9 months, I have felt God tugging me away from full time ministry and into the business world to live on mission for Him. As a result, I will be leaving staff with Cru at the end of the semester. During my time with Cru I have had the privilege of teaching Senior fraternity men what it looks like to live for Christ after college, specifically how to be missional in the business world. As I have been teaching them, I began to feel drawn to the idea of going into the business world and the ways that it would free me up to get more involved in leading and serving my church family.  

Little did I know, God had something more exciting than I ever could have imagined. Over the past 2 months, God has opened several doors that have led to me accepting a job opportunity to work for a local company called The Cason Group. The Cason Group is a Christian company that provides insurance services, whose purpose is “to provide a platform for employees to serve, be challenged, and be a light in the marketplace.” This is exactly what I have been teaching college seniors about the past 2 years! How to live for Jesus – whether that is in full time ministry, being a light in the workforce, or taking leadership roles in the local church.

I am also thankful that The Cason Group is very understanding of my mission with Cru and the importance of me finishing the semester well. I plan to stay with Cru through the end of the semester and then transition into my new role at The Cason Group once students leave for Christmas break.

Although I am very sad to leave the students that I have grown so close to, I am confident that this is where the Lord is leading me. I know Greek Impact will continue to thrive with the current staff team and the 2 new staff members who will be joining in the next semester.

In God’s perfect timing, I have also been given the opportunity to participate in a Leadership Institute at our church, Midtown Fellowship. The purpose of the Institute is to raise up spiritual leaders to serve our church family. I will be participating in an intensive one year discipleship program, being mentored by the Pastors of our church. Of course, God’s timing is perfect, as I wouldn’t have been able to commit to this program if I was still working in full time ministry with Cru. Kelsey and I have also recently started leading a small group at our church, and I am looking forward to having my evenings free to be missional with our group members, to help them grow towards Christ. We are amazed at the doors God has opened to make this path clear to us!


How does this affect you?

We are so thankful for each one of you and for your partnership over the past 2 years! You have been so faithful to us in our service to the Lord, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to partner with you in this mission. We hope that you will continue to support us through the end of the semester.

If you are a financial partner, there are a few things that you need to know: 
  1. If you currently give automatically each month, you will need to email Cru (egift@cru.org)  to stop your giving at the end of the semester.
  2. If you do not email Cru, your payments will not be stopped. Unfortunately, we do not have the power to stop your payments for you. We apologize for the inconvenience. 
  3. In December we will send you an email with specific instructions on how to stop your giving to Cru. 
We hope that you will prayerfully consider supporting Kelsey’s role with The Grassroots Network and Midtown Fellowship. She is in need of $1000 in monthly support to reach her support needs. She will be contacting you in the next month to tell you more about her role as Grassroots Network Coordinator and to see if you are interested in continuing to support her financially. (If you are interested in supporting Kelsey, click here for more info)

We cannot thank you enough for your incredible generosity over the last two years. There are tears in our eyes as we write this. God has been so faithful to provide through each of you wonderful people. We have seen the goodness of the Lord through every single one of you and hope you know how special you are to us.