As we look to send out Pastor Dale, Lori and their children apostolically to follow God's leading, I can't help but treasure the 6+ years they have been with us and their faithfulness to serve. They have been true friends to Joanne and I and as long as I am here to serve as Senior Pastor they will always be friends to The Church On Fire. In reality they are more like family!
One thing that is noteworthy is the heart of both Dale and Lori to want to make this transition right, before God and man. The truth of the matter is, all too often people pick up and leave with little thought about how they leave or the timing of it all. God cares about the people you leave behind as well as the church you transition to. I can say with complete openness that both Dale and Lori were open to the counsel of our leadership team concerning the timing and the process. We are very pleased with their heart to do it right.
On April 11, 2010, we will be sending out Dale and Lori, apostolically commissioning them to follow the God's leading to impact the Centreville area for the Glory of God! Please note that they are not pulling out, nor are they ripping themselves out, like we've seen so many do over the years out of ignorance to how the Holy Spirit leads. Our leadership team has recognized the pattern in their lives is to strengthen the Body of Christ wherever they go. We therefore will be sending them out as apostolic leaders from The Church On Fire. The door will always open for them to come and share their heart with us.
Thank you Dale and Lori for doing it right and for the great example you have been for the Body to follow! We love you all so very much and will miss you truly! I thank the LORD for you all and look forward to the times when you will be visiting in the future.