A Note From Matt 3/2/17

This past December, I completed my seventh year here at CrossPoint as a pastor. I can hardly believe how fast this time has flown by and I’m amazed at how deeply planted my family and I feel here. It has been incredible to see how much God has worked in me and through me year after year here at CrossPoint. God has done so many exciting and challenging things over the past seven years. There has also been a consistent weight of responsibility and expectation that naturally comes with being a shepherd under the Lordship of Jesus Christ in His church.

One of the things that CrossPoint has done for years with its pastoral staff is to give them a sabbatical every seven years. This consists of four weeks where the pastor sets aside his normal responsibilities for the purpose of rest and renewal toward sustained excellence in ministry. A ministry sabbatical is not an extended vacation nor is it an academic sabbatical that normally involves extensive study. A ministry sabbatical is a release from the routine of the call for the physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual well-being of the pastor.

I have been so blessed here at CrossPoint from the moment I arrived; and whatever I have given, I feel I have received so much more. I have also taken the responsibility to stay healthy very seriously because I want to give my very best to God in the ministry to which he has called me. So, in a couple of weeks I will begin my sabbatical. I’ll be gone for about a month; and I’m excited to see what God does in me, and hear what He wants to tell me as I have the opportunity to let go of the mantle of leadership for a few weeks. Ok, I have to confess … I won’t be gone the entire month. I’ll be attending the Rescue Conference in March. Not because I have to, but because I don’t want to live with the regret of missing it. I’m super excited for it and, frankly, you should be too!

My prayer during this sabbatical is that God continues to move powerfully in our church and powerfully in me. I would even invite you to pray for me that during this time God would be free to do a deeper work in me and bring me back more humble, more surrendered, and more trusting in Him and all that He has for CrossPoint and the community around us. Thank you for your continued faithfulness and desire to become more and more like Jesus. I’m looking forward to what Jesus is going to do and where He is going to take us!

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