Today is a big day. September 1, 2011, will forever be marked as the day that the Polk family decided to “go all in.” For those of you who have ever watched those Poker Tournaments on television, you know what I’m talking about. The cards are dealt, the calculations are made, and then in a move of drama and flourish, one of the players pushes all of their chips into the center of the table.
There is no going back. They are “all in,” and it is time to either go big or go home. Well, I don’t know about the flourish, per se, but today is an important “point of no return” for us as a family. After 8 wonderful years, I have officially resigned from my pastoral position at Grace Presbyterian Church.
The church hired me as the part-time worship director in the summer of 2003, just as I was beginning my studies at Covenant Seminary. Over the years I gradually grew into more and more areas of ministry, and in November 2007 was ordained and called as the assistant pastor of the church. It has been a tremendous blessing to serve Grace Church—loving our congregation and our community, and being loved so graciously in return. I am so thankful for these past 8 years.
But as of today, I have stepped-down from my pastoral position…stepped away from active up-front ministry at our church…stepped away from our church salary…and we have now officially transitioned to full time support-raising as we prepare to move to Ethiopia. I have a strange mixture of emotions about all of it— excitement at finally being able to dedicate my full attention to our next season of ministry in Ethiopia, sadness at stepping away from a church and ministry community that I love, uncertainty about what the next months will look like for our family, and faith that God will provide for us as he has so consistently done over the years. I’m sure it will take us a while to sort through all the emotions, but while we do so, we have confidence that this is the next step we are supposed to take as God leads us on this journey.
Thank you for your love, prayers, and support as we make this transition. It is a profound blessing to our family. The chips are all on the table, and our hearts are set on Ethiopia. Stay tuned…