A bittersweet goodbye plus epilogue

Here is the email I sent out today (if you have already read it, skip to the epilogue) :

Dear Friends,

It is never the best to receive important news via email. However, I feel it is fair for everyone to know this at one time. While I would have liked to call everyone personally, it wouldn’t be possible to reach everyone in one day. It has been my great privilege to serve God in your midst for the last six years. I feel that it is here at Friendship that I have become a man. We have laughed together, cried together, and grown together. So it is bittersweet that I am informing you of the end of my journey at Friendship. If you know me, you will know my heart. I have a Pastoral heart. God has called me to be a shepherd and an opportunity has come for me to live fully into that calling as a Pastor. Some of you are probably asking, ‘What took you so long?!’ For others I know this might seem like it is out of left field. I want to assure that I am not leaving because of any incident, situation, or person. I am leaving because I am being called by God. I have been given an opportunity that will allow me financially to and give me plenty of time to work toward ordination. It is never easy to leave, especially when you have grown so fond of those you have worked with. Do not fear. I have been praying for the next DCE and that person is out there. They will do a fantastic job. You have to promise me that you will love them, support them, and not ever say ‘Well Zach used to _____’. Please do not worry about the ministries – Awanas, Sunday school, Confirmation, middle school, high school and college groups will go on! Some of the plans will change, like movie nights at my house probably won’t work . I have been working to make arrangements with people to take interim leadership so there won’t be a gap in programs. Your help in any and all areas, of course, will be welcomed. We have about a month left in our journey together. October 16th will be my last Sunday at Friendship. I look forward to hearing about your adventures. I thank you for all your care, support, encouragement, and love. I will pray for you every step of the way.

Yours in Jesus,

Zach

Epilogue:

I know many will ask how this came about so I will tell you.  When God wants to change directions in my life, He brings it to me.  I really never have to go looking for adventure (think that might be a movie quote but don’t quote me on that).  6 and a half years ago I got a phone call out of nowhere from Juli Bokenkamp asking if I would consider Friendship.  This opportunity has come in the same way.  I did not seek this employment, it came to me.  Late last week I was presented with an opportunity to take work in the insurance industry.  Of course this is not my call!  However once I learned the details and the opportunity it afforded me I had to reconsider. The following stories will tell you why:

4 years ago I had an amazing vision in which God told me that I would be a Pastor.  I began praying for God to open the door for me to live into that vision.  More than a few times, I doubted God’s plan.  I love working with students and families as a DCE but it typically doesn’t lend itself to the freedoms of schooling.  I did not feel called to seek out another job or try to somehow fit school into an already crowded schedule.  Battle of good vs. good maybe?

2 weeks ago I had a disturbing dream.  God showed me these moments of suffering.  Each one was progressively worse than the next.  Finally at the end, after asking many times what it was all about, God told me to end the suffering. I woke up completely frustrated.  How could I end all the suffering in the world?

Since then I have realized that the dream wasn’t about me personally ending all the suffering but calling people to live (and living myself) in the love of Christ.  I was being invited back to my first vision – to shepherd people in love.

So an opportunity comes to me out of the blue…one that will allow me to become ordained i.e. a Pastor.  It was my burning bush moment.  I haven’t slept since Friday.  Seriously, I went to bed at 6am and was up at 8am today.  I prayed and prayed and prayed it out.  I wanted to be clear that this was the opportunity I had been waiting for.  After all that time of prayer, I feel that God has given me this path.

Renee and the kids will be here for a bit while I get adjusted.  We plan to keep our house here and spend time here.  We love Boise and want to be back for good after the dust finally settles.

That’s the big picture.  Please call me to talk or text me or email me.  I want to answer your questions, pray with you, and walk with you through this.

– Zach

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2 Comments »

  1. rdugall Said:

    well well well…what huge news…thanks for sharing with so much transparency and integrity…I’ll be praying for that next step and I’m assuming that you’ll let me know the bigger pic when you can…Vicky is gone for a week…when you see me “live” on FB, jump on in with a skype call…we’ll talk when you can..in the meantime, know that i am 100% behind your new steps of obedience…and that is what it is…this isn’t a visionary move…it is an obedience move…that is the only faithful way to handle a call..otherwise, it is all about ego and consumeristically driven impulses…obey the Lord and You will be blessed! Love to you bro!

  2. Bill Davis Said:

    Zack
    I am a huge believer in having visions from God to guide us to service. That is why I went to seminary and am now a pastor. Thanks for the reminder. Visions may take awhile to accomplish but they do not fade away.
    Prayers and best wishes to you and the family. Let us know if we can assist.
    Pastor Bill


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