Big Changes part 1 – The Beginning

 It’s amazing how quickly life can change.  Last year at this time we were dealing with the passing of Bill’s Dad, I wasn’t pregnant (and not even thinking about becoming so), and Bill was working at the bank and glad to be there (for the most part).  Now we have a new baby and he has a new job with the church.  I say it changes quickly, but when I really think about it, the change in jobs was a long time in the making.

I guess the best place to start would be at the beginning – Maria Von Trapp knew what she talking, or rather singing about.  Don’t worry – I’m not going back to the very beginning, just the beginning of Bill & I.  I was finishing high school. He had just graduated college with a degree in International Finance. After being laid off from his first banking job because they got bought out by another bank and he was low man on the totem pole, he started seminary courses.  He had gotten very involved in the church we attended and felt a call to the ministry. We knew we wanted to get married.  Even though I was young , I knew I wanted to be a wife and mother more than anything.  And I was excited about being a pastor’s wife.  This surprised a lot of people because I was valedictorian of my class and could have gone to just about any school I wanted to.  I love learning and would have thrived in a collegiate atmosphere, but it’s not where my heart was.  To make it short & simple, we got married and started our family.  Bill was working a retail job for benefits and seminary was put on the back-burner. After working retail for several years and getting burnt out on the hours, he made the switch back to banking and has been there for the last 10 years.  It has been a good situation for us.  Bill has been able to move up to a manager position and the hours for the most part have been great. 

For several years though, I have known that it was not what he was meant to do for the rest of his life.  I would ask him what he would want to do if he could do whatever he wanted and he’d toss around a couple of things, but he was comfortable in banking, so he stayed.  Over the last year or so, he got less comfortable there and started really talking about a change. In part it was from having to achieve unrealistic goals set by the bank and having to encourage people to go into debt to make those goals.  And part of it was getting a taste of doing something he really loved…

A little over two years ago, we took a leap of faith and became part of the core group that was Church at the Ridge.  The road to finding a church home was varied and sometimes rocky.  The church where we met in Florida had suffered a terrible split and we were devastated by the scattering of people that we were close to. We found it difficult to jump back into it.  We tried a couple of other churches there, but did not find where we really clicked.  We moved to Georgia about 8 years ago and tried a couple of churches before settling at FBC Powder Springs.  After being there for at least a year and not really getting into a groove, we started helping with the youth group.  That’s where we got to know Steve & Kim.  We had also moved into the same neighborhood – which is another story for another day.  Then we found out that they were leaving to start a new church on Ridge Road.  They invited those who were interested in finding out more to come to a ‘meeting’ at their house.  Much to my surprise, we went and began considering the possibility of getting onboard.  The vision for the area and the emphasis on families and changing perspectives struck a chord with us.  But were we prepared to bring our whole family to a new church that had basically no money, no facility and could fail before it even got started?  We talked and prayed about it and we knew the answer was yes, but we were still arguing the logic of it with ourselves. Then we just decided to dive in.  Now, most of you would probably not believe this about Bill, but in the beginning he had a hard time stepping out with a bunch of strangers.  There was a time or two when he considered backing out.  That would have been kind of tough since our home was one of the host homes for the core group:)  So we hung in there. Not only did we hang in there, but we gradually took on more and more responsibilities until we were up to our eyeballs in it – and loving it.  It was hard work, but we hadn’t felt that excited to be part of something bigger than us in a long time.   I guess you could say that we were in our sweet spot 🙂 

I don’t remember exactly when we started talking about it, but for a little while now we would make comments to each other like ‘wouldn’t it be great to work for the church full-time?’ or ‘we could do so much more without the job at the bank’.  At the time though, they were nothing more than musings.  We thought that maybe in the couple of years when the church was more established, they might hire him to do the administration stuff, but we always thought about the possibility as down the road a bit.   But God had other plans.

 To Be continued….

Check back soon for part 2 – Detours.


3 responses to this post.

  1. I am so glad you are blogging the journey. I can’t wait for part 2. 🙂


  2. Posted by shellygarvin on February 15, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    I agree with Kim, I can’t wait for part 2.


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