Today I’m giving the keys to John Bishop, our Groups Pastor. He and his wife Heather are one of the couples who sold their houses, quit their jobs, and sacrificed tremendously to move to Charlotte and help start Elevation.
I asked him to answer the question:
Was it worth it?
Here’s what he said:
However, when Pastor first asked us if we wanted to start a Church with him our initial response was absolutely NOT!
In our minds, starting a Church meant a lot of things most of which could not be described with words like: successful, enjoyable, exciting, spiritually uplifting, amazing etc…
We thought that a church start by definition would be a small group of disgruntled weirdos who met together and shared the bizarre little idiosyncrasies that caused them not to fit in with other people. With that image in our minds there was no way we would ever be a part a church start… so we thought!
Then Pastor described what he meant by a church start; a clearly defined vision from God that had been growing in him for 10 years, a clearly defined target and a clearly defined purpose. The more we heard about what he meant by starting a church the more excited we became.
When we sold our home we didn’t do so begrudgingly. By then, we knew that we were a part of a huge revolution. Before we knew which city we were going to, we knew that we had committed ourselves to something amazing.
There have certainly been challenges. We struggled financially. I was finishing my first year of a master’s degree when we moved so I couldn’t get a “real job”. We didn’t know anyone in Charlotte and we had left all of our friends behind so we struggled with feeling lonely and isolated. Sure, we had the team, but we were all so focused on the people we were trying to reach that we didn’t have time to get together. There were other struggles as well, but without a doubt it was all worth it.
We are having the time of our lives seeing God do amazing things among the people of Charlotte and within our own family and we wouldn’t trade the worst day of the past two years for the best year of our life before God decided to use us at Elevation Church. We love this city! We love this vision! Bring it on!