At the end of the year, I will allow my credentials with the Assemblies of God to lapse.
The tendency I have as an Enneagram Five is to comprehensively demonstrate the absolute logic and complete coherence in the decisions I make, especially if there’s a chance that decision would be called into question. So when it comes to justifying a big change like a switch from one denomination to another, I’m tempted to do just that.
But I have three kids, 4 years and under, so the chances of that happening are slim to none :)
Instead I think I just want to deal with things as they come to mind. And truthfully, my decision making process is as much gut-instinct as it is logical. My hope is that maybe by writing it all down I can do some mental housekeeping, and maybe help someone along the way.
As we ended our work overseas and returned to Minnesota, it seemed like a natural time to try something new. We found an Anglican church plant in South Minneapolis that had a compelling vision of the kingdom, was very warm and welcoming, and is intentionally (pardon the cliché) missional. Plus in addition to a number of older couples, there a lot of young families as well, from a variety of church backgrounds. We love it.
It may seem strange, a transition from the Assemblies of God to Anglicanism. To me it seems a very natural transition, for a number of reasons. But really, leaving the A/G and becoming Anglican are two separate things. And I’ll spend a number of posts talking about components of each of those moves.
I’ll end with this: a great comfort through this time has been a song by the worship band Housefires. They have a song called Mountain to Valley, conceptually pulled from Psalm 121. A particular refrain, taken from verse 8, “You take me in, you lead me out,” has been my banner.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
As I’m leaving one tradition and embarking on another, I have a great confidence that God is the director of my steps, and is keeping my going out and coming in. Amen and amen.