A New Job and Neighborhood

Word is starting to get out a bit that I have resigned my position with Stonebriar Community Church this week and accepted a position with the 30th largest church in the US. We wanted to let all of you know this as early in the process as possible, but also had some details to work out before I could make things official. I have been away from consistent blogging for awhile so that I could get this life decision made.

Where is this?

Christ Fellowship in West Palm Beach, Florida offered me a CIO type role that was just too awesome to not consider. After a rapid, yet extensive interview process, Ashley and I came to the same conclusion as Christ Fellowship that God had created an amazing fit between what they need in a technology leader and what God has made me to do. I will initially manage a department of 6-8 folks doing everything from programming to helpdesk to data warehousing. The team is pretty junior, but very talented none the less. Really a good group to be able to mentor.

What will you be doing, exactly?

For some of the more technology challenged readers, I will try to boil this down for you. I will manage a team of people who keep the email working, the files storing, the computers healthy, the data safe, the website updated, the member contact information reportable, the videos playing, the telephones working, etc.

In addition to these regular Church IT duties, I will be helping the church navigate the technology waters to a place of understanding how technology can be leveraged to improve the way they do the Christian life together. Whether this is through a better website that connects people with each other, systems that help improve the discipleship of church members, or an intranet for better communication within the staff, the goal of the position will be to partner with the other executives to champion technology projects that are sponsored internally. I am a change agent for technology within a church who already loves change and technology. What could be more fun?

Are You Moving?

Well yes we are. Believe it or not, God’s call on our life in this case was so strong it is making us give up our Texas residence. Leaving our friends, family, and this great State of Texas (Long live the Republic) were about the only downsides of this ministry move. We are seriously grieving moving to the beach. Some of our friends are just laughing in our pitiful faces and saying, “There are a lot worse places to serve the Lord. It could be Africa or a Peanut Farm!” Thank you Jesus it isn’t both! And they are right, West Palm Beach is about the most affluent place you can be a church worker. Living in constant good weather and around nice things shouldn’t be such a pain. We just love what we have here. We are comfortable. We are fully supported.
Some scripture came to mind in this that haunted us a bit:

Mathew 16: 24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.

Mark 1: 16As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17“Come, follow me,” Jesus said. 18 At once they left their nets and followed him. 19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

When is this happening?

My last day of work at Stonebriar is August 10th and my first day of work with Christ Fellowship is August 13th. I will work remotely for three weeks. We will move over Labor Day weekend, with my first day on site being September 3rd. “There is a lot left to do” is an understatement of understatements.

With this having happened this week, I have heaps more to say about this, but it will have to wait cause I am out of time for today. We’ll write more soon.

13 thoughts on “A New Job and Neighborhood

  1. Wow. I am shocked but not surprised. I am shocked because I know your strong ties to the D/FW area including namely your family and friends. If I remember you gave Becky and me a pretty hard time when we moved up to New Jersey ;-). Well, I know New Jersey is no Florida, but still. Leaving Texas for those who are native and rooted is a BIG deal. Congratulations!!! I am not surprised because, well, you have shared with me in the past your desires. And I know you are a very capable leader who covets new challenges and opportunities. God has gifted you is wonderful ways. It will be very very difficult to say good-bye. Yes, there will be a grieving process, those second-guesses about the decision, perhaps. But I know you have prayed and God is calling. Therefore, there is no sadness in that… only joy. You are in for quite a ride! God will provide your every need. Many blessings. And you will be 314 miles CLOSER to us… not sure what that means yet… beacause you will still be 1185 miles away. It is ironic a bit for our relationship, because I am attending a corporate leadership training this week and making connections with folks from Lockheed Martin divisions in Grand Prarie and Ft. Worth… We’ll talk soon and catch up on the details.

  2. I’m excited for you, my friend. Lots of adventure when you’re following Jesus, huh? I think you’ll be up for the challenge w/o a doubt. I know you’ll miss TX, but maybe you’ll see Horatio and the crew from CSI Miami down there. And now I’ve got a place to stay for my South Florida trip! I’ll be praying for yall.

  3. thanks for being such incredible people! we are excited for you and the adventure that you are about to embark on in florida. we appreciate your openeness and vulnerablility. we can’t wait to see where God leads your family in the years to come. go gators!

  4. Well, good friend, I just wanted to say how proud I am of you. I am excited for all that God has in store for you. All that you will learn and experience, but more so, all the lives He will touch through your obedience to Him. We will miss you deeply.

  5. Thank you all for your kind words. We aren’t naive enough to think that distance doesn’t change relationships. It does. We do pray however that you all will allow us to stay engaged with you in this walk of life, just as you have been engaged with us in this big decision. It means so much to have the blessing and encouragement of our friends in this pursuit of Christ.

  6. Wow! That’s huge. It’s a bummer that we didn’t hang out here more when we were so close. How exciting to live on the edge of anything goes God. That materialism is a tough egg to crack in ministry but probably not much different than Collin County. Blessings to you and your fam!

  7. That is so sweet!!! Even though will be public, I am glad to share that a church finally will allow you to minister to the masses in our new technological avenue. The Rio Vistaites, Blumites, and Friscoites will miss the beard and stories of drive in movies but we are so glad God is moving you onto th enext stage. You will always have a bed ready and waiting at our house. The country boys gotta stick together, LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC. Yankees we are glad you came to visit, but please keep it a visit.
    Love the Albrecht’s (might should just say Corey) the wife might not agree with the contents of this blog, the contents are not a representation of the Albrechts houselhold and should be considered entertainment value only.


  8. Corey, you win today’s award for the most hilarious comment on a blog anywhere. Thanks for the offer of the bed. If the new church decides they don’t want to be technologically progressive either, then I might just need that bed longer than you imagined! LOL

    Thanks for your blessing of our departure. Means a lot to have your support stud.

  9. Hey bro. I will remember to pray for you and Ashley in this endeavor that God has you both on. How exciting…CIO!!! very cool! Congratulations…you have earned it!

  10. jason,
    you may not remember me. i interned at SCC in the fall of ’03 and called you in the summer of ’04 for web consulting for my then church (Northwest Bible Church) in Columbus, OH. Somehow I stumbled onto your blog and thought I would say hello. I think an ex-NBC guy works at Christ Fellowship by the name of James Duvall. Anyhow… God Bless in your future endeavors.

  11. Great to hear from you Clay. Of course I remember you! I can confirm there is a James Duvall here who is involved with worship leadership, but I have not met him yet. So far things are going great though, and we are really enjoying the new place.

    All, thanks for your prayers. We still need them!

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