Two years ago today

Today marks the day when, two years ago today (November 5), I was ordained as a pastor at The District Church. On Halloween, I celebrated three years since I came on staff as the church’s first Leadership Resident. On reflecting on these milestones, a few thoughts come to mind:First, there is always gratitude: to you all for your support — many of you have been a part of my journey since before I started at the church, and have contributed to my ministry through your prayer, wisdom, and financial support; and to God for the tremendous opportunities I’ve had to give, to serve, to learn, and to grow, as a pastor and as a Christ-follower.

Second, there is wonder: at what God has done in and through me, and much, much more than that, in and through The District Church. Just this last weekend, DC127 (the foster care initiative started this year by the church) hosted the inaugural Foster the City event, in conjunction with the National Council for Adoption. Several hundred people from across the city showed up to hear how they could play a part in making sure every child has a home. Our efforts were even covered by TIME Magazine’s Religion reporter, Elizabeth Dias (who’s a friend); click on the image below to read the full article.

Third and finally, as I look forward to Advent and Christmas and 2014 beyond that, as I dream about what God may have in store for me, for The District Church, and for the city, there is tremendous anticipation. I can’t wait to see what God continues to do, and I can’t wait to share it with you.