My family and I are on the precipice of a whole new season of ministry. This Sunday we have our farewell service as we celebrate seven fruitful years of ministry as the founders and pastors of Activate Church.
Lots of memories, emotions and thoughts fill our minds and hearts as we have navigated the decision to answer God’s call to step into a full-time itinerant preaching and prophetic ministry. Stepping out in faith into this new venture has meant that we have had to let go of the privilege of leading Activate Church into the future.
It was in May 2012 that God spoke, definitely, into my spirit at Lilydale Lake, that 2012 was to be my last year as the senior pastor of Activate Church. Since that time God has confirmed over and over again in numerous ways his hearts intention for us and our future. We have wrestled, cried, shared and prayed our way through this process but have seen God’s hand of provision, peace and power make a way both for us and the church.
We are excited to be commissioning Ps Ben and Sarah Fagerland as the new senior pastor of Activate Church in just over a weeks time. This will be a great time of passing the baton to my spiritual son, whom has served God, me and the church so faithfully over these last 4 years.
But for the next 24hrs it’s about honouring what God has done in the past and recognising the labor of love my wife and I have embraced in establishing Activate Church. Activate Church will always be a community of faith we speak into, pray for and cheer on as it moves forward and grows into its future destiny, under new leadership.
As for us, we are embracing a new assignment of preaching, writing, mentoring and ministering prophetically across Australia and overseas. Following Jesus is never static, it’s always dynamic. To go up into the call of God, you must first give up that which God has released you from. It’s not easy but it’s necessary. Please partner with us in prayer for our future ministry and Activate Church as we all transition into a new season of life.
Philippians 3:13-14 ‘But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.’
Ecclesiastes 3:1 ‘For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.’
God has ordained a time and a season for everything. There are seasons in the natural and the spiritual. Each season carries value and purpose. Winter seasons are about what’s happening under the surface, rather than what’s above the surface. Are you as animated and engaged in the winter seasons of life as you are in the summer seasons?
It’s so important to discern and identify the season you’re in. You’ve got to align the right expectations for the season you’re in right now, not the season to come. When I was a ministry intern, my church launched their first leadership conference. I was asked to speak at a breakout session and I wanted to sell some tape recordings (yes, a long time ago) of my sermons but my Youth Pastor at the time commented, ‘This isn’t your season to sell sermon tapes’. I was cut at the time but thank God now. I didn’t know back then, what I know now.
A lot of us are trying to do more than the season we are actually in. Every season carries certain restrictions. Too many of us over-project what we can do in 1 season and under project what we can do in multiple seasons. Paul said, ‘I have learned in whatever situation I’m in to be content. I’ve learned the secret… I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Phil 4:10-13). It’s your contentment in the season you’re in that determines people’s attraction to you.
There are 2 dimensions of time God has ordained: ‘Chronos’ and ‘Kairos’. Chronos time is the ticking of the clock and the turning of the calendar. Kairos time is the God appointed window of opportunity that you must see and seize if you’re gonna possess what God has for you in the season you find yourself in.
We know God is sovereign over the affairs of men and we often pray for God to sovereignly move on our behalf. He can and does but if God only ever moved sovereignly in our lives and ministries and never involved us in the process of what He’s doing, we would never learn his character, his heart and his ways. God wants a relationship with you, not a robotic automaton. When God includes us in the principle of what he’s doing and how he operates, we learn far more than if he just did it without us.
God is a God of seasons. Every season in God has a purpose and if you can discern the season God has you in, align your expectations accordingly and act in alignment with what God’s revealing to you now, you will not only maximise the present time but be prepared for the season to come.