A Change of Seasons

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

The book of Ecclesiastes tells us, “there is a season for every activity under the heavens. . . a time to plant and a time to uproot.”Nancy Lewis planted herself in our community one and a half years ago, joined the staff of Christ Church and has had a fruitful ministry among us as a Deacon. And she met and married her husband, Randy, in that time frame too!

Nancy and Randy met with me recently to talk about their need for a season of discernment.Nancy will step away from ministry and her staff role at Christ Church to seek the Lord about His longer term calling in her life, as well as to seek some much-needed rest.The past 10 years have been full of very active ministry in general, church planting in particular and, right before joining us, the difficult dissolution of a ministry venture in which she was heavily invested. She and Randy will remain in Austin, but will need to attend other churches in order to truly step away and listen to the Lord.

I am sad about this change, at a personal level, because of my respect for and joy in Nancy as part of our staff team. We will miss both who she is as a woman of God and what she does as a minister and leader. At the same time, however, I completely bless her desire to seek the Lord, be filled and rested in His presence and listen to His voice, together with Randy, for the future of the Lewis household. Her final Sunday with us will by May 1st. Let’s each look for opportunities to show her our gratitude for her ministry among us.

The word “Deacon” comes from the Greek for “servant,” which is precisely the word to describe Nancy’s ministry. Thank you, Nancy!