Study Break

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The Elders at Grace graciously decide to make provision for our Ministry Staff members to take a periodic Study Break every 5 years. It’s been 11 years since I took my last break, during which I finished up my doctoral project. I’m sensing that now is the time to make a similar investment, returning (I trust!) as a replenished and more effective leader. 


I’m very grateful for the desire of our elder board for ministry staff to create space in our lives for personal growth and development! I’ll be taking the next 4 weeks to interact with leaders of other large churches, read a pile of books I’ve been wanting to tackle, dig into Scripture and spend concentrated time with the Lord. I believe these investments of time will develop and shape my heart and mind, preparing for the coming season of ministry here at Grace.

While I’m excited at the prospect of how the Lord will work in my life during these weeks, I’ll miss being with you! I’m grateful for the staff members who will cover for me in many areas of leadership and ministry these coming weeks; they will continue to shepherd and lead and respond to needs so that all areas are covered. We have been blessed with such a wonderful team here at Grace.

I will be praying for you these weeks and would love to have you pray for me as well, that I will have an open heart and mind for all that the Lord wants to teach me. And, that I’ll read wisely (I have way more books in my pile than I’m able to read!).

On another note, huge congrats to Steve & Nancy Harper on 25 years of ministry at Grace! This month is their anniversary of arriving in Cleveland for an adventure of high-impact investment in the lives of thousands of people. Their love for the Lord, integrity, faithful encouragement, hospitality, gift of prayer, and much more…has made a significant difference for so many people. We'll take a few moments in a service next month to recognize them.

Please thank them when you see them or send them a note of encouragement!

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