8/27/20 A Message From KHC Elders

Family,

As we move into the fall, we wanted to share some exciting news for the next few months at King’s Harbor. It is a severe understatement to say that 2020 is a year that none of us could have planned for. But in the midst of all the challenges, the Lord has done so many great things at our church. In just the past few months, we have been able to adjust the way we have been leading services to add an online component, restart services online, and begin pursuing ways to live out the call for the entire congregation to be more active in making disciples. Simultaneously, we have begun developing initiatives, like our Racial Harmony Collective, to help us understand cultural issues and the political climate in ways that we can lead our community through prayer and action. There is much to celebrate and continue to pray for, but this is also a moment to take a breathe and think about rest and health going forward.

Late last year, we began a conversation in the elder about the importance of Sabbath. Not just as a day out of the week when you do not go to work, but as an initial rhythm of rest and restoration from the Lord. We were challenged by texts like Exodus 23:10-17, Leviticus 25, and the numerous pictures of Jesus intentionally taking time away to be with the Father to be restored. With this in mind, we began to develop a policy for all of our full-time staff to receive a sabbatical in accordance with the time they have served and their role in our church. For our pastors and executive directors, we are granting eight weeks after every fifth year of completed service. For our ministers and directors, we are granting four weeks after every seventh year.

Little did we know that this season would call our staff to work and innovate like never before. In view of this season and all that it has required, we decided to grant Pastor Mike an early sabbatical to be with the Lord and his family. This is a season of cultivating worship and being refreshed. It is not a season of vision planning, sermon preparation, or writing. He will begin his sabbatical in mid-September and return in early November.

This is a good thing for Mike and a good thing for the church as a whole. It reminds us that the mission of God for our church is dependent on the Lord, not on any one person or position. Second, it models for all of us that Sabbath is essential to the life of a follower of Jesus. In the video above, we share some of the exciting things we are pursuing this fall including our teaching series in James, our plans to host our first membership class, and our work to vet a few elder candidates. We can’t wait to see what the Lord does during this season for King’s Harbor Church and the Dsane family!!

Blessings,

Tom, Jim, and Ted