It is with great joy and a full heart that I have begun to serve as a Pastoral Resident/Curate with the Church of the Advent in Washington, DC. In this new role, I will serve as an assistant pastor for three years to be equipped to serve in a senior leadership role in a church thereafter. The ultimate aim is to plant a new church. Susan and I would love your partnership in this kingdom work! Below is a brief update, more details about my role, and how you can partner with us.
Clarifying Our Call: How did I get here?
It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly a dozen years since I began my formal training for pastoral ministry. In the summer of 2007, I headed up to Boston to embark on what proved to be an incredibly rich and transformative season at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Through long-lasting relationships, internships at churches, and the blood, sweat, and tears poured into my studies, I received robust biblical and pastoral training. My theological imagination was formed and I developed deep and healthy rhythms of spiritual formation.
For the past five years, I served at Princeton University with a ministry called Christian Union. It was there, ministering at one of the world’s most prestigious universities, where God most clarified my call. This context provided me with the opportunity to engage with some of our day’s most pressing issues and develop an approach to exegeting culture and communicating the gospel in a way that renders it plausible. It was through the hundreds of opportunities to speak, teach, provide spiritual mentoring, and leadership coaching that I discovered the joy of ministering in an increasingly cynical, secular, and post-Christian context. Such a cultural context requires an intentional community that acts as a signpost for the kingdom of God, embodying the truth, goodness, and beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is exactly why the local church is so important to the expansion of the kingdom and why I am so excited to be entering this new role in the city.
My Role: Pastoral Resident/Curate
The vision for this three-year position is centered on gospel ministry in three key ways: pastoral formation, spiritual leadership, and missionary sending.
Pastoral Formation: I will receive further training and equipping for pastoral ministry in a local church context where I will be exposed to the full array of pastoral responsibilities. I will also receive a tremendous investment of leadership and personal development mentoring, training, and support in order that I might be formed for a life of fruitful ministry.
Spiritual Leadership: All of my pastoral formation will be in the context of providing pastoral leadership in my local church community. In this immersive context, I will be integrated into the life of the church and the city. I will serve in a number of ways including leading and preaching in our services, teaching Christian education and spiritual formation classes, pastoral counseling and visitations, and leadership development of lay leaders.
Missionary Sending: This kind of pastoral formation and spiritual leadership is all oriented towards ultimately being sent out on mission. Under the guidance of my superiors and in the context of community, I will prayerfully discern where Jesus is leading us next. As we discern the path forward, we will develop a strategic plan to multiply the work of our church in DC by establishing a new church in a new context that will continue the work of embodying and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.
PARTNERSHIP: Will you join us in this work?
God never intended for the work of the gospel to be done alone. My position at the Church of the Advent is the result of faithful men and women in our diocese (our larger grouping of churches) and our network of sister churches in DC investing their time, talent, and treasure into establishing a faithful and vibrant church in this strategic city. Susan and I feel overwhelmingly graced to be a part of the movement of God for such a time as this, in such a place as this. We are extremely grateful to have a community of pastors, mentors, and friends as co-laborers in this work. We really could not do it without you. This is why we would love to have as many of our family and friends partner with us for the adventure ahead.
For the next three years, my position is funded, in large part, by a generous grant from the Made to Flourish foundation. In addition to the financial support from the congregation itself, I also need to raise a portion of my annual salary and professional expenses. My goal is to raise $22,000 per year for the next three years. Any funds in excess of this will be allocated for a future church plant.
Will you partner with me financially in this work? Your gift can be a one-time gift or a monthly contribution and all financial gifts are tax-deductible. I am hoping to secure a commitment from 20 individuals or families who would give $100/month.
Thank you for your generosity and partnership in the work of the gospel. In the words of St. Paul: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:5). As you invest in the expansion of the kingdom of God, I trust that God’s rich blessing would be shared as we partner together and pray for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Grace and peace,