Last night, at Ember, I was ordained as an elder through the Alliance for Renewal Churches. It was a humbling and special time for me and my family, and also for our congregation. So many people came from all over the state to be there to love on us and support us. Pastor Doug Rumschlag, from Grace Church in Toledo (my home church), delivered a challenging message on the responsibilities of an elder-pastor. Rick Widener and Ray Nethery, from the ARC, performed the ordination ceremony. I love being a part of the ARC, where I get such wonderful support and encouragement.
The music team was especially brilliant last night. If you've never been to Ember, you need to come out and experience it sometime. I know I'm the pastor, so I'm supposed to say that, but if I didn't mean it, I wouldn't say it. I was talking to my wife after the service about how much I love this church, and the way God has brought our team together, and what he is teaching us. It's a high honor to be the pastor of Ember Church. I get to do this! God has been so good to me, my family, and our church. Ordination is just the beginning, and I'm earnestly looking forward to all that God will do in and through our congregation.