About a year ago my wife and I began to feel the Lord moving us to a new location of ministry. You might wonder how we knew it was the Lord. We knew through His revelations to us in the words and deeds of others, especially those of the His body - our local church. Little by little we began to hear what He was saying. We opened our hearts more and more to His leading and guidance in our lives. Prayer upon prayer was said by us and others. Then, when we were as certain of His will for us as we could be, we stepped out on faith and simply showed up - seeking Jesus. Our new congregation, we have found, is full of assurances that we have made the right move.
We are where the Lord wants us to be now, and that's a mighty good feeling. Finding our new church is such a blessing. We are glad to be a new part of God's church in our home town. We have methodically visited Sunday School classes, enthusiastically participated in worship services, genuinely fellowshipped in both men's and women's groups, and have expectantly scheduled a visit with the senior minister. Of all the moves we have made in ministry, this is the best because we have patiently waited upon the Lord - maybe better than we ever have done before. It sure feels that way now.
So, upon finding a church I simply give God all the glory for His grace and mercy in our lives. As we enter into this new part of life's journey and phase in the ministry to which He has called us, we go with confidence that we are walking in His paths of righteousness for His name's sake. We're looking forward to what He has in store for us. It just doesn't get much better!