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Goodbye Christ Church

Today and tomorrow will be my last days leading worship a Christ Church, a place where I’ve been on staff for 6+ years. Here is a letter I wrote to the congregation explaining where I’m headed.

Dear Christ Church Family,

Recently I have felt a stirring in my soul, which is only from God. As I read scripture about the disciples (Luke 5:11), I asked myself “What if Jesus called me to drop everything and follow Him in a new direction?” As I felt this stirring, my wife Emily and I prayed for God to open and close the right doors for me. Within the past two weeks, He opened a new door for me. As of July 5th, I will be leaving my role as Worship Leader at Christ Church and heading to The Vine, a church plant, where I will be the Director of Worship & Creative Arts.

I want you to know that this was not an easy process nor did I make this decision lightly. As I felt God leading me, I prayed with Emily, sought Godly counsel, and discussed this new possibility with Christ Church’s Senior Leadership Team. They affirmed me as a leader and made it clear that they would be personally sad to see me go. Through our discussion, we were all able see God’s blessing for everyone involved, including Christ Church.

Many of you know that The Vine’s Lead Pastor, Todd Schlechty, was the Associate Pastor at Christ Church from 2003 to 2007. I want to be sure to clarify that he did not recruit me for this position. In fact, only two weeks ago I consulted with Todd regarding their open worship director position, and actually discussed potential people for the opening. Through that process, God revealed to me that I would be a great fit the opening. As I discussed the possibility with Todd, we prayed about it both together and separately, and both felt that this was the best decision for the kingdom as a whole.

Many of you also know that my brother, Nate Elgin’s, last Sunday as the Director of Student Ministries at Christ Church will be on June 27th. Please know that his leaving plays no part in me making this decision. As surprising as the timing may feel, I’ve learned over time that my timeline doesn’t always line up with God’s. Last month when Nate announced to the youth that he would be leaving, they asked if I’d be staying. I confidently said, “Yes,” because at the time this change was nowhere on my radar. Though not working with Christ Church’s youth will make me extremely sad, I am confident that God will bring the right person aboard to continue leading the students toward closer relationships with Christ.

Because Christ Church has played a vital role in the first eight months of The Vine’s existence, I see this being a smooth transition from a congregational standpoint. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know so many of you, but most importantly worshiping with you each week. Christ Church is where I led worship for the first time back in 2004, albeit a last minute fill-in for the sick worship leader. I recorded two full-length albums and was given many opportunities for God to stretch me as a part of this church. I, without a doubt, feel very blessed and loved by you. Many people don’t know that eight years ago I attended Christ Church for the first time, never having played the guitar or sang for a church. I started serving in the music ministry, learning as I went, and God used my willingness to cultivate gifts in me. He has given me exciting opportunities and used me in ways and far beyond my human abilities. I hope you feel the same and that God has worked through the gifts He has given me to connect you to Himself in a deeper way. I also pray that my testimony is an example that God can do amazing things with a willing heart.

Please keep me in prayer as I take on this new adventure. I feel like I’m just the right combination of nervous and excited…with a holy anticipation…exactly where God wants me. He will undoubtedly shine through during this whole process and transition. Because of the relationships that you and I have built over time, I hope to still be around as opportunities arise. I really hope that we’ll have the opportunity to worship together. I’d love to keep in touch via Facebook or my blog. Thank you for your support, prayer, and kind words. Please know you hold a special place in my heart. Keep rockin’ for Jesus!

Your brother in Christ,