For the past several months I’ve been considering what it means to be called to the office of Mommy. My little daughter, Allison, is nearly seven months old, and I have been so blessed to watch her little life grow. It’s a miracle to witness her personality unfurl and observe her developing relationships with the people around her. I, like millions of parents before me, have been spectacularly honored to participate as a co-creator with God! I couldn’t be more proud and more humbled at the same time.
I have spent a lot of time in prayer and contemplation wondering how this new role coincides with my call to ministry. In particular, I have considered how to lead Young Adult Ministries full-time and also raise a family. I’m certainly passionate about both! And I believe both deserve to be done as with as much care and quality as I can offer. But I realized that I cannot do both without compromising. I have decided to resign from my role leading Young Adult Ministries.
I’m both very sad and hopeful! It’s scary when God calls in a new direction, especially when that means understanding my identity in a whole new way. It’s hard to let go of the ideas I have in my head for what God has planned for my ministry. Who would have thought it would be an act of bravery for me to stay at home?! 🙂 But in my life this far, God has repeatedly called me to walk through doors without knowing what lies on the other side – and I’ve always been blessed in ways I could never have imagined. I’m sure you can relate to that.
There is much more that I had hoped to achieve for ministry with young adults in Community of Christ. I had plans to reinforce young adult ministry among the various priesthood offices, uplift mentoring relationships in the church, and build more intensive support systems and events for local young adult leaders. Maybe these will still come about in the next few years! I’m also sad to no longer work alongside my gifted colleagues in church leadership. Community of Christ is lead by some passionate, prolific folks who seem to be able to do a little bit of everything. I’ll miss working with them!
And finally, I have been happy to serve with so many young adults and local young adult leaders! Time and again I’m blown away by your spiritual sensitivity to the needs of the people you serve. I have seen courage as you find creative ways to offer ministry in a church that still feels “owned” by older generations. And I’m encouraged by your willingness to say “yes” to serving in the faith community when the world tells us we should serve ourselves alone. I’ve been so proud to be your teammate and supporter in ministry! There’s no doubt this church will continue to bring peace and reconciliation in the world as you take leadership!
I will remain in the Young Adult Ministries role until a new person is hired, most likely this fall. (If you’re interested, you can find a position description and apply here.) And I’m not falling off the planet – I plan to stay involved as a volunteer. I look forward to spending time raising Allison and focusing more attention on my priesthood responsibilities locally. Thanks to all of you for five years of fun and adventure!
Peace and Hope,