Read below for an important update from our own Rev. Chris Greer…
“It is with deep trust in God that I am tendering my resignation as the Assistant Pastor of Adult Ministries at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. I am trying to faithfully respond to a real calling, and a definitive need, to serve my family.
While at a spiritual leadership retreat in October, God clearly gave me three personal imperatives. He very clearly said…
- “Recover your life.” (from Matthew 11:28 MSG) – God reminded me that the very best life for me and my family is found in a slower pace and more intentional listening to Jesus.
- “Center your ambition around Kerry’s thriving, not your own.” – For this season and the foreseeable future, God has given a distinct call for me to pay much closer attention to Kerry’s needs and to order our family life around her thriving, not just my own.
- “Stop leading.” – The most difficult message for me to swallow was God’s clear instruction for me to stop leading. But through continued, prayerful discernment I have confirmed that this is indeed what the Lord wants for me during this season.
In addition, we recently found out that Kerry is pregnant with our second child! This news only increased our belief that now is God’s time for us to make this important move for our family.
St. Andrew’s has been a true blessing from God in our lives for these past 5 years. It has been a proving ground for me as a burgeoning new pastor, and a safe, welcoming, and challenging place to experiment and grow as a follower of Jesus and a spiritual leader. Congregants and colleagues have become friends and family. I am disappointed to miss what God has in store in this new era under Chap’s leadership. But just as I clearly knew we were supposed to be at St. Andrew’s, I know it is time to leave St. Andrew’s. I must, in some ways, trade serving God’s family here for serving my family at home.
I will not pursue a ministry position for the foreseeable future. I will work with Kerry to continue building and providing for our family through the small business Kerry started a few years back, and my writing. We will move to Little Rock, AR to accommodate God’s new direction and our desire for slower pace, more space, and closer relationship with extended family.”