For those who may not know, our church, Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church in Southern Michigan, entered a season of transition last Spring when the church’s long-time senior pastor accepted a call to another ministry. In a season of transition, we have learned that anything can happen. It is a season of waiting and preparation, of forgetting what lies behind and dreaming of what is to come. It is a time of new challenges and new opportunities. In a season of transition, there are often difficult decisions that need to be made, and this season is no different. It was with a heavy heart that the church’s Transition Team Leader and Executive Pastor of Operations, along with the Board of Ministry, took a serious look at the finances of the church with the intent of creating a balanced budget for 2019. As a result, several church ministries and staff positions were affected, including the Worship Arts Ministry.
What does this mean? As of November 5, 2018, the Groshongs are entering their own season of transition away from Spring Arbor FMC and looking to new opportunities and dreaming big for our future. It also means the SAFMC Worship Arts Ministry has an awesome opportunity to engage in more volunteer-led worship. All the details are yet to be worked out, but your incredible ministry leaders will be coming alongside you to guide and direct the path in the weeks to come. Please hear this, it does not mean that worship will not continue at SAFMC with the same level of excellence and passion. It means that a couple of the faces change, but you will continue to be led by anointed worship leaders, the choir, the orchestra, and the contemporary band and vocalists, and you will continue to meet with God.
So band, choirs, tech teams, you continue to lead people into God’s presence because that is where it all begins. Please always remember that music does not equal worship. Worship is the love language between you and the Creator. Open your hearts, get into the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit and linger there. I promise that He will meet you, He will speak to your hearts, and together you will dream of your future. Lift high the name of Jesus, make His name known, and let all the world know that this is a place where they can meet the One who saves.
What a joy it has been serving with each one of you. Even though our time together has been brief, I’ve seen your hearts and I’ve seen your walk with Jesus. You fueled my enduring passion to reach a world hungry for God. I hope that Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church has a wonderful future. I pray that you find a way to continue to connect more deeply with God and with the community and invite more people to join you on Sunday mornings.