The Spirit has been doing a lot of work among the elders of North Church over the past year. We want to share some of those things with you…
Dave and Danielle Kuntz joined North Church around September of 2007, several months after North Church started. After 10 years of serving as a member, elder and co-pastor, Dave will be transitioning away from pastoring at North Church. The Kuntz family is very sad about leaving, but they know without a doubt that they are walking in bold obedience to Jesus.
Two main factors led Dave and his family to this decision: Subway and the future of North Church.
First Subway: For the past seven years of pastoring at North Church, Dave has also been working for his parents, helping them run their three Subway restaurants, to provide for his family. As Dave’s role and responsibilities have increased at Subway, the past couple of years have proved to be more and more challenging. Dave is currently the general manager of three separate Subway locations and oversees a staff of over 25 people. The stress and struggle of balancing his job at Subway and his calling as pastor at North Church has become unsustainable.
Secondly, the future of North Church: For the past year, the North Church elders have been in conversation with the leadership of another North County church about possibly merging churches. Over the course of those conversations, we began to sense that God was leading us as pastors in different directions. God has wired each of the elders with specific talents that contribute differently, with great benefit, to His Church. For the past 10 years, God has used those differences in great ways. As we’ve pressed forward in this journey, it has become apparent that God is doing something new, and we’ve realized a different vision for where we believe God is taking our leadership.
Given those two factors, along with the undeniable leadership of the Spirit, Dave and his family’s last Sunday at North Church will be September 3.
Additionally, Jeff Brockmeier and his family have been seeking the Lord’s Spirit as they navigate life with a young and growing family, a full-time job and ministry at North Church. Jeff has led worship for North Church since we launched over 10 years ago has been an elder for three years. Through the Lord’s leading, Jeff and his family will also be transitioning away from North Church.
While unrelated to what God has been leading the Kuntz family to, it has also become unsustainable for Jeff to adequately devote time and energy to ministry at North Church while also leading his family well. This is an incredibly bittersweet transition because God has moved mightily in the Brockmeiers’ lives through North Church, and they consider this body to be family. However, God is unmistakably leading them to a new chapter in life, so they are boldly and faithfully walking in obedience toward him. Their last Sunday at North Church will also be September 3.
Through all of this, God has been incredibly gracious to lead us by His Spirit. One of the greatest gifts we’ve had as elders is trust and love for one another. By God’s grace, that trust has been untarnished as we’ve worked diligently to guard against dissension and division. We love one another deeply and trust the Spirit’s work in each other.
One thing is clear to us as we have processed all of these changes: God has led us here. In this conversation, as individuals, as leaders of families, and as elders of North Church, we have sought to find God’s plan. Our theme and our call have simply been to be faithful. God has good things in store for North Church. Some of those good things are unknown. Some of them are known. We will be sharing those things on August 20, following our morning service.
We would like to ask you to pray in two ways: First, pray for the Kuntz family and the Brockmeier family as they take steps of faith. Pray that the Lord would lead them and that they would remain faithful to His call on their lives. Secondly, pray that we would all see the goodness of our God as He leads us as individuals and as a church family and that we would learn to trust His plan for us.
Scripture and experience both tell us that when God calls us to something, He faithfully guides and redeems. We trust the Lord, and our call is to simply be faithful.