I have a job!!! Woo!
I’m excited to announce to everyone I will be joining the team at Suncrest Christian Church as the Worship Pastor for their Highland Campus. Some of you might be saying, “Nate, that church sounds familiar.” And you would be right! Suncrest was the church I interned at for a year right after graduating from Johnson. Since that time, they have been a huge supporter of my ministry in SO many ways. Suncrest was the church that ordained me for ministry (put their stamp of approval on me and the work I would do for God) and they also supported me financially and with their prayers as I served with Lifepointe Christian Church in Charlotte, NC.
And I’m so excited that God has worked behind the scenes and moved around all the pieces so that we get to join forces again in order to be used by God to change lives in northwest Indiana! Suncrest is a church that is so passionate about their mission and are always looking for new ways to push and grow for the Kingdom of God.
If you are unfamiliar with the area, Suncrest is a multisite church with campuses southeast of Chicago. 3 out of their 4 campuses are actually in the Central Timezone even though they are in Indiana because they are so close to “Chicagoland.” Highland, where I’ll be serving is one of the last stops for Chicago’s transit trains!
Suncrest is a great environment to work in and I’d say their worship ministry is one of the best I’ve seen! The great thing about a healthy multisite church is that you have both autonomy AND support. A campus at a multisite isn’t just a photocopy of the original church! As one of the men-on-site, I get to know, love, and pastor my people, and build a worship service that I think will help connect them to God in the most meaningful way possible. However, there is a support system of 3 other campuses that are covering the same topic and running with the same series and are trying to help connect THEIR campuses to God in the most meaningful way possible. And we talk about that! And we borrow the best ideas from our sister campuses so that we are all doing our best possible job. If one of my projects is stalling out, they’ll help me take care of it. If one campus’ bass player calls in sick last minute, one of ours will go help out for a Sunday. Very much what the church is about! I love how we get to work together to tackle big projects and also have room to experiment and test our own ideas. Best of both worlds!
I think that’s a pretty good overview for you! If you want to know more about what I’ll be doing, feel free to catch me and we can chat some more about it! I’ll be starting VERY soon (August 1st!) so it’s an exciting time! Thanks for all your prayers and support while I’ve been on this journey over the last year and I can’t wait to share what God is doing in Chicagoland next time we talk!