It has been quiet here these past few months, but it has been anything but quiet in my head and my heart. I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotions with my brain barely getting a chance to slow down before heading into another loop or twist. Throughtout these past months my wife Tiffany and I have come to the conclussion that we are about to start on a new adventure. With that in mind, this past Sunday I announced to my church that I am stepping down as the campus pastor in Nutley.
One of the things I have loved most about being the campus pastor in Nutley was that I had the privlige of walking along side of men and women who were taking their next steps in their journey of faith. We’ve said all along that faith is a journey, not a guilt trip. And I believe that to be true! I have loved watching people step into our church for the first time to then find their spiritual home at Liquid Nutley. One of my favorite things to hear people say about our church has been that the Nutley campus feels like family. Welcoming people home has been a privilege of mine for these past few years. But I have enjoyed watching as people learn what their next step is in their journey of faith.
Nine months ago, Tiffany and I began to pray and ask God to show us what the next step would be in our journey of faith. We were waking up early every day and praying, and asking God to show us. Through several months of praying, reading, and listening, I am excited to share with you that we are about to set out on this next leg of our journey. God has provided an opportunity for us to join the staff team at Suncoast Community Church as a teaching pastor. Suncoast is a non-denominational church in Sarasota Florida. This opportunity will allow me to do what I believe that God has wired me to do. I am really excited to see how our relationship with God grows through this time.
It is a bittersweet transition for us here in the Gowesky household. For Tiffany and I, we are leaving behind many great relationships here in NJ. We are leaving a church that we love and that has loved us well. We are leaving the taxes of NJ behind (okay, that’s more sweet than bitter). Our kids are saying goodbye to their school and friends that they have really grown to love over these past few years.
But we are confident of this… God has been faithful in the past, and He will be faithful in the present. We know that we are in good hands.
So these next few weeks are going to be filled with adventure. We will be making the 1200 mile journey over the course of several days and then we will begin the process of settling in. Stay tuned for more info about the journey!