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Aaronic Blessing on Matt, Oct 27, 2013
Transition Update: Oct 24, 2013
Greetings to our Woodmen Family,
It seems hard to believe it has been a month since Pastor Matt announced his resignation as our Senior Pastor. For those who were with us at that time, you will recall that Matt’s announcement ignited a wide range of emotions. We were both sad for the end of 12 years of faithful ministry among us, yet genuinely excited for Matt as he moves on to fulfill a new calling. If you missed his announcement, you can view a video of it below. Matt plans to enter into a wider realm of service among the body of Christ that will include a broader ministry of speaking, writing and teaching.
Since then, we have received a variety of positive emails from many of you, expressing your appreciation for Matt’s influence in your lives, as well as offering prayers for his future endeavors. To address any questions related to Matt’s resignation or the church’s plans for transition, the Elders have set up a special email address to receive and respond to your inquiries at: email@example.com
We also want to remind you of some of the upcoming dates related to the transition plans. Please note the following opportunities:
Between now and the end of January, Matt will continue his affiliation with Woodmen; however, it will reflect more of a transition period as he finishes up some of the non-teaching responsibilities and prepares for his new ministry. Should you wish to send him a note of appreciation, please address it to our office: ATTN: Matt Heard, 290 E Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
As far as Woodmen’s future plans are concerned, beginning the weekend of November 2/3, we will start a three-weekend emphasis regarding our overall transition. Pastors Jimmy Dodd and Doug Olsen will be presenting a mini-series regarding biblical transition, including an overview of our current plan for the months ahead.
Finally, and most importantly, is the call to the body of Christ at Woodmen to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead for our congregation. During this time we are reminded that Woodmen is not our church, but Christ’s, and He will prevail during this season of change. Let’s remember we are all in this together, anxious to see how God will work through His body to keep our church strong and vibrant. Maybe you’re asking “What is the congregation’s role during this time?” We trust we will all be united in prayer as we remain committed to investing our time, talents and finances in serving the body of Christ at Woodmen.
We are excited to join with you to see what God will accomplish in the days ahead.
Your WVC Elders
Sept. 21/22 Message & Announcement
Sr. Pastor Matt Heard's resignation announcement, along with prayer and encouragement from elders Cam Seelye and John Mulder, can be found at the 32:50 mark.
Senior Pastor Transition
Senior Pastor Matt Heard’s Announcement
Woodmen Valley Chapel
September 22, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, the Elders and I were talking about various initiatives that will help WVC move into its next season, its “new song” of ministry. Near the end of the discussion, I brought up something that Arlene and I (along with some trusted close friends) have been praying about, weighing and considering for several months: my transition away from Woodmen into a broader teaching, speaking and writing ministry in which I’ll focus on strengthening the body of Christ from a different angle than I have fulfilled at Woodmen. Together, the Elders and I talked and prayed about it and this week they have given me their blessing.
Therefore it is with a sad heart because of my relationship with you, but a hopeful heart because of the way God, in His sovereignty, is leading, that I announce my resignation as Senior Pastor of Woodmen Valley Chapel.
Leaders have seasons in particular roles and twelve years is a long season. But it’s also been an amazing season of enjoying the privilege of ministering alongside and journeying with you! Goodbyes are hard, especially after so long with people you love, and that reality makes this the hardest, most excruciating decision I have ever had to make. At the same time, I have a deep conviction that this is God’s best for both your future and mine.
Decisions like this involve both a “pull” and a “push.” In this case, the “pull” is to a wider sphere of ministry involvement in what we refer to as the broader “Capital C” Church and is one that has been growing on my heart this past year. The “push” is the realization that Woodmen needs a new, hands-on leader to shepherd WVC into the future. It is time for Woodmen to head into its “new song,” a future built on that which has gone before, but also one that launches Woodmen into even greater possibilities of ministry and influence on both a local and global level – and that thought brings me a deep smile.
It’s incredibly hard for me to leave a role in your lives that I, under God’s enablement, have absolutely loved fulfilling for so long. Actually, one reason I have dreaded taking this step is not questioning whether I’m obeying God but a desire to avoid the sadness that comes from looking into your disappointed faces – faces of people I love.
Now, I’m not going to be gone tomorrow, but nor do we want this transition to be too long. That begs the question, “Well, then, how long are you going to be with us?” That depends on what level you’re referring to. We’re not planning on leaving Colorado Springs. Officially-speaking, I’ll be on Woodmen’s staff until the end of January. From a preaching standpoint, I’ll be teaching every weekend until the end of October. After that the Elders have asked me to teach several times over the next year, but we haven’t decided about particular dates, when my final service is, etc. But soon I want to step out of the way enough to allow a transition plan to take root right away so that a search process can begin.
Again, at the core of this decision is my conviction that it’s time for us all to move into a new song, a new season of Kingdom impact. I have absolutely no doubt that Woodmen Valley Chapel’s “New Song” will involve Exploring, Experiencing and Expressing His Grace in ways that will be beyond your greatest dreams.
Please know I have been incredibly humbled over the privilege of serving these past dozen years of ministry alongside you. Thank you – deeply. I will continue to fervently intercede for you and will love you and this church for the rest of my life.
Elder Council Communication
Dear Woodmen Family,
The elder council would like to express their appreciation for your comments and concern.
Please be in prayer for the elders and leadership team as they seek the Lord's direction and leading in what He has in store for WVC.
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