Please join us on Saturday, April 30th after the 5:15 p.m. worship service at the SouthPark campus to say farewell to the Lundys.
Be it as a volunteer, an intern, or a pastor, I have dedicated the last 17 years of my life to student ministry. For the last ten, I have had the honor and privilege to serve as the Middle School Pastor here at Church at Charlotte. I am immeasurably grateful for the countless opportunities I have had to stir students with God’s Word, enter into the struggles of teenagers and their families, and serve alongside numerous volunteers and my fellow pastors on staff here.
Church at Charlotte has been a place where I’ve been able to navigate some of the toughest struggles of my life with support and encouragement which has enabled my family and me to struggle well. In the two weeks since my resignation became public knowledge, I have received so much affirmation from so many people, many of who do not have, nor never had, a child in the student ministry during my tenure. It has been a gift to hear from so many of you that I’ve had an impact or been an encouragement, and even share tears with you.
I’ve said this many times the last two-plus weeks…this transition is truly bittersweet. I’m very confident in where and how God has led me to this point. I’m looking forward to starting this new chapter of my life in vocational ministry.
That being said, how does one say goodbye to ten years of life and ministry in a place?
The last couple of years I’ve had the privilege of being the speaker for Charlotte Christian School’s Senior Experience. With their impending graduation and transition to post high school life, it is only fitting to talk to them about transition. The irony for this year was that I was in the midst of preparing for a possible transition even though at that point I had no idea where and exactly when. It served as a group opportunity to be reminded of how I can best navigate this change and do so well. We talk about building a R.A.F.T. We reconcile any remaining grievances, we affirm people we really appreciate, we say farewell to people places or things that are meaningful, and then we think destination.
So as part of my farewell here is a list of things I will miss at Church at Charlotte:
- Thanksgiving Eve Service: I always looked forward to seeing former students returned from college and serving communion in a personal and intimate setting.
- Dodgeball on Wednesday nights with the Middle Schoolers: There is no better midweek stress reliever in the world.
- Monday morning Fantasy Football office banter (“trash talk”): We’ve had an office Fantasy Football League for about six years now. I’m a 2-Time league Champ! You didn’t want to miss all the trash talk first thing Monday morning.
- The obligatory Sunday morning hug from Harold Bogart. If you know Harold then enough said!
- Staff Christmas party and white elephant gift exchange: You’d be surprise how cut throat a bunch of people who spend so much time serving others can be, over an iTunes gift card.
- Getting to watch and have a hand in students go from sixth grade to seniors: As the middle school guy, I’ve gotten to watch so many students grow up from boys and girls to men and women.
- Getting to sing announcements…that one time it happened (see below).