so… if you’re wondering what took us to goodlettsville, tn and long hollow baptist church … let me share with you what a not-really-that-long trip it has been.
if you remember, in february my writing team and i went to nashville to shoot our show, ishine KNECT.
brandon carmichael and i had a friend that lived there, one of them was shane sisk… shane was coming to visit us at the studio and sent his friend jason underhill, children’s minister at long hollow, to check it out, too and to meet us.
jason came at a time that paula corbello and i were just hanging out. he started talking about what he was looking for at his church. i assured him that i could help him find what he was looking for… he has some great vision and ideas and needed additional creative man-power to put them into action.
i sent him names. we talked about ideas…. for a few months.
ultimately he said… just send me your resume.
i resisted, unsure that i was ready to commit to full-time church work. unsure that i was the best option for the job.
i sent it in the beginning of june.
we went for a visit.
-the bible story that weekend was about giving god the glory for your good works, and not squandering the gifts he has given you.
-two days later devotion i did was with my creative team was on the same verses, same concepts
-i realized God intended for me to do a big job for him and use all that he had equipped me for in the past 15 years. i realized it would be disobedience not to do this at long hollow.
i went back for a second visit.
-my son had an emergency appendectomy while i was in tennessee. the calls and texts from people from long hollow were consistent and caring.
-some interesting things to point out
my new boss was my high school youth pastor
my son will be playing football on a team that he coaches
my friend from high school, shane sisk, the one i mentioned before, is a student pastor at longhollow. his wife, kristen, and i have been friends since 5th grade. he will be quint’s student pastor next year.
quint and jackson will be at the same school
kavi and blaikie will be at the same school
our friend and guitar instructor, ryan coatney, from prestonwood (who is now serving at FBC Goodlettsville) lives here and we can pick up where we left off musically and creatively.
the list goes on… and mostly i wanted to share some of the facts of the move to show you our trail.
-i started today. it was great.