The Next Chapter

Happy Thanksgiving!

Many of you have heard about my upcoming transition from pastor of 801South at Matthews United Methodist Church to being a part of planting a new church in 2017. My last day with Matthews UMC will be December 24th.

Following my departure from MUMC, I will take a brief hiatus and then begin working full-time on the new endeavor in early January.

I know that many of you have asked for more information regarding plans for the new church. Many of the details remain yet to be revealed and those of us who are a part of this new expression are currently in a season of prayer and preparation. We are believing God to reveal many of the details with each next step of faith. This has already been the case for several of us.

I will continue to share bits and pieces of my personal story on this blog as it unfolds, much of which currently resides as scribbles in my journal. Future posts here will include what I’m learning about leadership, reflections on my time serving through 801South, my gratitude to the people of Matthews UMC, and the incredible heart of this church’s leadership being displayed through this transition.

In the meantime, I want to give those of you who are interested the opportunity to receive updates on what’s next.

I hope you will click over to the new site at Charlotte Church Plant and subscribe to receive weekly updates as we further discern the path for this new adventure. Future posts on the new site will include the mission, vision, and values that will guide and direct this new community of faith, along with ways you can support our efforts to continue reaching the city of Charlotte with the message of Jesus.

Please feel free to contact me personally if you’d like to hear more. I’m always available to grab lunch or coffee and share how God is calling us to a new approach for the local church.

9 thoughts on “The Next Chapter

  1. Best wishes to you in this new and exciting development!
    Always knew you were destined for great things and I am happy for you and your family! Prayers continue!
    ( enjoy your Thanksgiving in West Virginia! My best to all and safe travels!)g


  2. Stephen,
    We wish you and Emily great success on your next venture. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Can’t wait to hear all the details.
    Jim and Kathy Warner


  3. This is exciting news for you and the family. Rob and I are going to follow along to hear more about the church plant. Happy Thanksgiving!


  4. Congratulations. You guys ate so deserving of this new opportunity. I am proud to be a small part of your beginning journey of faith and leadership that has blessed our family by your service. God’s speed.


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