03 Mar An Important Announcement from Pastor Jonathan Alexander
I want to tell you the story of what God is doing in our lives and in the life of our church. This past summer while on sabbatical, our family spent part of our time in Germany. My brother and sister-in-law are stationed there with the Army, and while we were with them, God began to reignite something within my heart and my wife’s—the dream of being a military chaplain family.
Many people know that I spent five years after college as an Army officer. Most people don’t know that I left the Army in 1998 to attend seminary with the intention of returning to the military as a chaplain. During seminary, Paige and I discerned that the timing wasn’t right for us to rejoin the Armed Forces at that time. But now, after seventeen years in the local church, the Lord is opening a door for us to pursue this dream again. As a result, I am in the final stages of becoming a chaplain in the U.S. Navy. The last step in the process will be an interview at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on March 23. My last day at Northshore will be April 9, since I will leave for training at the end of that month.
While praying through this significant decision, God made it clear that He is releasing us and leading us away from Northshore. Our ten years at Northshore have been wonderful. As a church, we have worked with God to accomplish much for His kingdom. We have engaged the world around us with the good news of Jesus, and we have seen lives being changed every day. We also have an amazing staff and Overseer Team. I have loved working alongside each one of them every step of the way. Because we have such healthy leadership and an incredible congregation, Northshore is in a great place to move forward into the future. I wholeheartedly believe Northshore’s best years are ahead.
I initiated this conversation and talked about our decision with the Overseer Team and the Overseer Team Chairman, Derek Smith, in mid-February. This was the point when, through prayer and conversation with trusted mentors, God confirmed to me and Paige that our time at Northshore was coming to an end and He was leading our family into a new season and a new place of ministry.
I want to invite you to come hear more of our story this Sunday, March 5, during our three morning services (8, 9:30, & 11 am). We will take a break from our Questioning the Bible series so you can hear more from me and Derek Smith about Northshore’s plans moving forward.
During this process of prayer and seeking God’s will, the Lord has continued to affirm the words of the prophet Jeremiah for Northshore Community Church, “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
With Much Love,