Today I announced to my church of the past 4 years that I will leaving in 8 weeks. In the split second of an unexpected announcement, one cannot filter their initial emotions. Likewise, it is extremely difficult to deliver news that can potentially cause sadness and pain. It was hard to see the kids faces as their expressions of confusion and sadness focused on my every word. It was equally as hard to see the joy on the face of one who is the “spiritual leader” of this church. Sometimes a stone face might be the best pastoral decision. It will be hard to leave behind the relationships that have grown so deep over the past 4 years, but I feel that I am following God’s lead in this decision. I have never been more excited about a new beginning than I am in preparation for this move.