Leaving is never easy, and being part of the church only amplifies loss. The social structure of church is family; indeed, the dominant metaphor in the New Testament for non-Jewish believers is adoption into the family of GOD. Leaving a church then always feels like leaving a family. And being a minister at a church, the line between work and home is often blurred if not absent.
We will miss our church family in Decatur, and we look forward to family reunions in the future—in Decatur, Houston, Austin, New York City, Taipei, and all the other surprising places around our world. The church is beautiful—and what a blessing to have spent the last three years at Decatur First United Methodist.