“The Lord Jesus is truly working in our church. Let me share what the Lord has been doing in our leadership.
Last winter, God began to stir in my heart, and he grew in me a conviction that God is leading CrossPoint to a new chapter in its ministry. I prayed and sought wisdom. I talked with Marcy and also with several Converge pastors. Through that process, I came to see, first, that I would not be able much longer to sustain the pace needed for my role as senior pastor. And second, I realized that it would be best for the church to have a younger and capable person in the senior pastor role. I believe that this would allow the church to step into a fresh season of ministry and I believe the best is yet to come.
At the same time, God put it into the heart of Pastor Matt Troyer that it was time to seek a senior pastor role. In March, Matt shared with me that God had placed a sense of calling on him to be a senior pastor. As we talked and prayed over the next few weeks, we realized that God may very well be moving toward a succession in leadership at CrossPoint. It’s one of those moments in life where you sense God’s guidance in a real way.
Sixteen years ago, almost to the day, I came to CrossPoint – then, it was called “Shalom” – with a real conviction that God had called me to be the senior pastor. And it’s with the same sense of conviction that I think that God is leading me on. But I also have another important conviction – as do the Elders – that the best process forward is something called “leadership succession”.
In leadership succession, the new leader phases into the senior pastor role while the outgoing senior pastor helps to create a positive transition. That is also on my heart. As I said, I am seeking what is best for the church.
I’ll let our Chairman, Brett, explain the process, but, for now, I want you to know that I will be around into February, which is our estimate for the process of leadership succession to be completed. So, I remain the senior pastor. Additionally, I will also keep confidential everything that any of you have shared with me in counseling.
And, as I phase toward retirement, I plan to move on to another ministry position, as the Lord leads, that will allow me to use my gifts to serve the Lord.
I love this church family and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to lead CrossPoint through a healthy leadership succession process - one we can celebrate and pray for together.”
- Pastor Rick