Friday, June 13, 2014

Meaningful Encouragement

Well, the last few months have been a whirlwind of chaos in my middle:brained world. Since news of our transition became public, we've been busily working to end one chapter of life and ministry and preparing for a new one to begin. Life has been replete with the conflicting emotions of sadness and joy. No matter how many words I may try to type here, there's no way I'd be able to adequately convey the complexity of how we've been feeling, all that we've been processing, and what we've been experiencing.

In the midst of this season, we've had many meaningful interactions with those we love. Two of those dearly-loved people have shared insights with me that have been particularly meaningful. Before the decision was even made, a leader and mentor I respect greatly shared this NT Wright quote with me ...




I appreciate the imagery, its truth, and the spirit in which it was shared with me.

On the Sunday after our news became public, a dear friend told me that he was praying for me. Specifically ...



It's hard to believe that we're two short days away from finishing a chapter which has lasted nearly eleven years. Angie, Tate, and I are grateful to have shared it with an amazing church family, wonderful friends, committed volunteer team members, and an extraordinarily incredible ministry staff.

God has answered these prayers. I have FELT the closing of this chapter and not been numb to it. And His grace abounds in every experience we've had as part of this transition. He has been good to us and we pray for His continued blessing, guidance, and direction as we embark on a new journey.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Important News // Transition

As difficult as it is to say, after thorough, prayerful consideration and nearly 11 years of ministry at Constance Free Church, God is calling me to something new. In the way that only He can, God has made it very obvious that He's directing my family to a new opportunity and we've seen His gracious hand clearly leading us over the last several months.

With both sadness and excitement, I wanted to share the news that I recently accepted a new ministry position at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, Illinois as their Creative Arts Pastor. We will make the transition in June and our final Sunday on staff at Constance Free Church will be June 15, 2014.

One of the most difficult aspects of my family's decision is the awareness that it comes with a very high relational cost. Angie and I have been serving with some of the most extraordinary people for many years and those friends have been an intimate part of our life's journey. To those beloved friends - we need you to know how dearly you're loved and what an important place you have in our lives. My mind is flooded with countless memories of God's work throughout those years together. He has been (and will continue to be) faithful as you serve Him in future seasons.

It would be appropriate to reiterate my long held conviction that God has a plan for each of our lives and for His Church. I believe that this transition has very little to do with me and much to do with God's Kingdom work. He has great things in store for my family, for Constance Free Church, and for Parkview Christian Church - and I'm humbled to be a part of His work.

To my successor at Constance Free Church - you will be blessed (beyond your wildest imagination) by the opportunity to serve in such an amazing environment.

To the Creative Arts Ministry at Constance Free Church - you are an extraordinary team, in more ways than I could ever articulate. I love you dearly and remain confident that God will prove Himself faithful in tangible ways that we could never anticipate. Thanks for your kindness, understanding, and the beautiful gift of being able to serve as your leader for the last decade. My life is richer because of it.

To our new friends at Parkview Christian Church - I'm so blessed by the opportunity to join the team. I look forward to many seasons of ministry together and can't wait to see what God is going to continue to do there.

Selah

The following is a letter from Randy Discher, my current senior pastor (a man I admire, respect, and love dearly) regarding my departure:

Dear Team,

I am deeply grateful for the incredible season of ministry that Constance has experienced under Pastor Dan's leadership. As Dan shared the leading of God in His life, I was filled with gratitude for God's goodness to the Church. As Dan mentioned, this transition has everything to do with God's hand in building the Kingdom. He directs His workers into different roles and places - and we rejoice, albeit with sadness, in how He's leading Dan and Angie to Parkview Christian Church.

I want to also thank each of you for your ministry! Times of transition are both challenging and (at the same time) an opportunity to see God's faithfulness. I trust you will take the time to affirm Dan and Angie as they follow God's call and to pray for the exciting days that are before Constance.

God Bless,

Pastor Randy
Senior Pastor
Constance Free Church

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Music Set // April 20 (EASTER)

Here's the music set from Easter Sunday, April 20, at Constance Free Church //
All songs can be downloaded from the iTunes Music Store.
You can also watch the full length worship service online (new services are added each Monday)!

Series


Worship Set
Raised To Life // Elevation Worship // Only King Forever album
God Is Alive // Fee // Hope Rising album
This Is Amazing Grace // Phil Wickham // The Ascension album

Featured Song
Finally Home // Kerrie Roberts // Finally Home single

Worship Set
O For A Thousand (Hallelujah) // Gateway Worship // God Be Praised album
Beautiful and Bold // watchword:truth // Deep & Wide: Worship Songs for Families album

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Music Set // April 13

Here's the music set from April 13 at Constance Free Church //
All songs can be downloaded from the iTunes Music Store.
You can also watch the full length worship service online (new services are added each Monday)!

Series


Worship Set // Baptisms
Open Up The Heavens // Vertical Church Band // Vertical EP
Day After Day // Kristian Stanfill // Mountains Move album
Jesus Paid It All // Kristian Stanfill // Passion: Everything Glorious album
Our God // Chris Tomlin // Passion: Awakening album
Beautiful and Bold // watchword:truth // Deep & Wide: Worship Songs for Families album

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Music Set // April 6

Here's the music set from April 6 at Constance Free Church //
All songs can be downloaded from the iTunes Music Store.
You can also watch the full length worship service online (new services are added each Monday)!

Series


Worship Set
Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us) // Citizen Way // Love Is The Evidence album
God Is Able // Hillsong // God Is Able album
Lord I Need You // Matt Maher // Lord I Need You single

Featured Song
Together // Steven Curtis Chapman // The Glorious Unfolding album

Worship Set
Lay Me Down // Chris Tomlin // Passion: White Flag album

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Music Set // March 30

Here's the music set from March 30 at Constance Free Church //
All songs can be downloaded from the iTunes Music Store.
You can also watch the full length worship service online (new services are added each Monday)!

Series


Worship Set
God Is Alive // Fee // Hope Rising album
This Is Amazing Grace // Phil Wickham // The Ascension album
Cornerstone // Hillsong // Cornerstone album

Worship Set 2
One Thing Remains // Kristian Stanfill // Passion: White Flag album
Because Of Your Love // Phil Wickham // Heaven & Earth album
Alive // Pocket Full of Rocks // More Than Noise album

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Music Set // March 23

Here's the music set from March 23 at Constance Free Church //
All songs can be downloaded from the iTunes Music Store.
You can also watch the full length worship service online (new services are added each Monday)!

Series


Worship Set
Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us) // Citizen Way // Love Is The Evidence album
Glory To God Forever // Fee // Hope Rising album
Mighty To Save // Hillsong // Mighty To Save EP

Featured Song
The Story of Your Life // Matthew West // The Story of Your Life album

Worship Set
Take My Life and Let It Be (with I Am Yours) // Michael Neale // iWorship Hymns album
God Is Alive // Fee // Hope Rising album