Today, 1st of February 2015, I have announced that Melanie and I will be stepping down from being Senior Pastors of Nowra City Church with our last Sunday being the 29th March 2015. My decision has been well prayed through and I whole heartedly believe that I am stepping into the next phase of the call of God on my life. I also deeply believe that after 15 years at the helm of Nowra City Church, that it’s in the timing of God for a new leader with fresh energy and fresh vision to build on the achievements of the last 15 years of my leadership and indeed the entire 27 years of the church’s life and take it forward to new levels.
So post the 29th March, I will be taking on a new role within the INC Movement where I will be focussing on Social Justice, Missions and Communications. This role will see me investing a substantial amount of my time into Global Care as we take Global Care truly Global. I will also, among other things, be assisting the President of the Movement, Ross Abraham, with International Relations and Missions. I will also continue to be the Senior Pastor of Impact Church Canberra, working with Russell and Sue Driscoll, and continue to serve on both the National and State Executives. Anyone who knows me well will know that social justice and missions are a large part of the passions of my life and so this new role aligns very well with those passions.
It is my deep honour to announce that the new Senior Pastors of Nowra City Church will be Jason and Michelle Smith. Jason and Michelle pioneered a great church in Morayfield over a 12 year period before moving to NZ to take on the leadership of the INC Auckland church. They are very excited to be returning to Australia and becoming the Pastors of Nowra City Church. I have known Jason and Michelle for over ten years and I wholeheartedly endorse them and commend them to the church.
There will be time for me to express my appreciation to the leaders and people of Nowra City Church, but I will take this opportunity now to say it’s been a great honour to lead the people of the church, and I deeply appreciate all the people who have carried leadership weight. Truly Nowra City Church is a great church, filled with great people serving a great God.