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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Things Are Changing For Me

Because I feel that God wants to do a restoring work in areas of my heart and life – and after much prayer, reflection and discussion with my wife and close friends - I have come to the conclusion that the Lord requires me to lay down my leadership of Community Church Huddersfield, and to step down from eldership there. I have realised that it would be too difficult to continue with the pressures of leadership while co-operating with God in the work he is doing in and with me at this present time.

I will continue as a member of the church family and will continue to use my teaching and other gifts as part of the body, but I will not be in governmental leadership. I will be working alongside the leadership of the family of churches that we are in relationship with, in the area of theological research and developing written teaching resources. I will also continue to blog, and hope readers will find helpful what I have to write here.

As I am sadly aware how the Christian rumour-mill can distort things, I thought I would write something down clearly here on my blog. I want to be absolutely clear that although it involved making myself accountable to others, and has not been an easy decision, it is a conclusion I have come to myself, and believe it is God’s will for me at this time. I have not been sacked! I have not jumped before being pushed! I am choosing to do this, as I believe it is the Lord’s will. And I am so grateful to God for a wonderful wife, amazing friends, and an outstanding church family who have offered me nothing but love and support. I am so thankful for the culture of unconditional love and openness that God continues to cultivate among us. I hope to return to leadership at some point but right now I am trusting God with my future while seeking simply to respond to his leading in the present. I’d appreciate your prayers.

10 comments:

  1. Hi Trevor,

    Thank you for doing this. I appreciated & learnt from your teaching while attending school of the word. I know through my own experiences that following what God tells you to do is the most fruitfull thing you can possibly do, even if it is increadibly hard.

    I will pray for you and your family. Be continually blessed,

    Ben Phillips

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  2. Blessings to you Man of God.
    Terry and Janice Donegan

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    1. Thank you Terry and Janice. Great to hear from you.

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  3. You are a great man of God who has had a great influence on not only my life but on the people you served. I will miss you greatly and I wish you prosperity for the years to come and for you to be healthy, spirit, Soul & Body

    May the Lord smile on you. Richard Harris

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    1. Thank you, Richard. But please know I am still going to be around and would love to still help you as much as I can. So you don't have to miss me! And I'm pleased about that because I think you are a fantastic guy!!

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  4. Congratulations on this shift, Trevor. Ben and I will be praying for you and for your prophetic and influential writing.

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    1. Thank you, Ben and Maryann. I appreciate your prayers.

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  5. It's a courageous decision Trevor. Penny and I look forward to getting to know you and Ali better over the coming months/years. Every blessing. Peter Crabtree

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    1. Thanks, Peter. I am also looking forward to getting to know you guys.

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