A few short months ago, we sat alone in our San Francisco apartment and made the final decision to move and start a church in Huntsville. We had no idea who- if anyone- would come with us or support us. We didn't know how everyone was going to react. We had a million fears and emotions, but we couldn't deny what God was calling us to do. We told the Epic staff and our best friends that we were certain God was calling us to move to Huntsville. This was the hardest week of our lives so far. We knew God was calling us to start a church in Huntsville, but we were grieved to leave so many people we loved.
Leaving was hard. One morning during this hard week, Tim and I both were at an all time low. We were scared and had no idea what the future was going to hold. All we knew was we were leaving something great. Tim looked at me that morning and told me if I wanted to change my mind, or if I decided I didn't also feel certain God had called us to Huntsville, then we could call the whole thing off.
I realized in that moment that I was on board with everything in my head, but not in my heart. I knew it was clear what we were supposed to do, but in that moment I had to decide if I could be fully supportive and fully onboard. Or would I move to Huntsville and then always wish I were still in San Francisco? Could I move to Huntsville and be content even when I looked at my friends from San Francisco's Facebook pages and the life I left? Could I be content even if it took years for us to have anyone come to our church and me and Tim both had to work full-time jobs?
As I stood there and thought about it, I looked at Tim and the thoughts of how much he loves Huntsville flooded my mind. The thoughts of his dreams and desires to serve the city where he grew up. We both loved Huntsville. I knew the only reason I would ever say no would be because of fear of the unknown. Huntsville is where we belonged.
We both knew that downtown Huntsville is a place that is growing and becoming more diverse. Downtown Huntsville is very similar to the demographic of downtown San Francisco. It is full of young professionals who have either left the church, been hurt by the church, or have never been part of church.
That morning I fully committed. It was just me and Tim. We had a vision, and I realized it was my job to begin helping Tim share the vision. It's actually a much different feeling to say you think God is calling you to something versus I am committing my life and giving everything I have to this. That is what I did that day. I'm so thankful I didn't allow fear of the unknown to keep me from missing what God has for us.
When we first started, our biggest fear was that we would have to do this by ourself.
Six days after Tim and I committed to moving and told the Epic staff, our first staff members came on board and decided to make the move across the country with us.
One day later, another family committed to coming across the country with us to be on staff.
Last Thursday night we held a dessert event at our house and over 40 people came to hear the vision of Essential.
We also have a third staff member who will be moving here in a few weeks.
We know God is in this and are so grateful to be a part of this exciting journey.
We begin our first launch team meeting this Sunday night (7/26/15). Several people have already committed to join our launch team. We begin our monthly preview services November 8. I will be giving updates on how things are going with Essential. We would love for you to be praying with us. We can't wait to begin meeting this Sunday and see what the future holds!