In case you haven’t heard, this morning I was introduced as the new campus pastor at the Oak Leaf campus of West Ridge Church. Let me answer a few questions for those of you who may not be as close to the action as we are:
Are you leaving West Ridge Church? Nope. Oak Leaf became a campus of West Ridge Church in January. Right now, West Ridge has three campuses in three different locations throughout Paulding and Bartow counties. We have a vision to establish three more campuses around our region in the next three years. In fact, I will continue to run point for the church on establishing those new locations.
Will you still be on the leadership team at West Ridge? Yep. That doesn’t change. I still get to hang out weekly with Brian, Paul, Troy, Kevin and Mac (when he’s not on the road). And, I still get to serve with the elders of West Ridge including Glenn, who represents the Oak Leaf campus. I get to serve with guys who love Jesus and have a huge vision to reach this region. Paul will be picking up many of my previous responsibilities at West Ridge to free me up to focus on Oak Leaf.
How long will you be the campus pastor? We don’t know. We believe it’s for a season, but we have no idea how long that may last. We just want to be obedient to God and sensitive to what’s best for the Oak Leaf campus and the overall health of West Ridge Church. We’re very confident it’s at least for the next six to twelve months, so we’re ready to dive in.
What about the work you do with other churches? That doesn’t change. I will still continue to provide church consulting and coaching for leaders across the country. I have a unique part-time relationship with my church that allows flexibility for me to invest in other churches across the country. Most Sundays, though, you’ll find me in Cartersville at the Oak Leaf campus.
Since you’re the “new guy”, are you going to hire a completely new team at Oak Leaf? There’s absolutely NO way. One of the benefits of being involved in the transition for Oak Leaf over the last six months is that I’ve had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time with the Oak Leaf staff. I’ve been participating in the weekly Oak Leaf team meetings. They’ve all been participating in the weekly West Ridge all-staff meetings. They’re a great team, and, just to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have agreed to do this without knowing the capacity and character of the folks I’m going to get to serve with.
You seem to be talking a lot about teams. Is that on purpose? You better believe it is! I believe my role as the campus pastor is to equip God’s people to do the work of God. As I continue to study the Bible, I’m more and more convinced that God designed ministry to be done in teams. That’s why Oak Leaf will be led by a team. We will embrace team teaching. We will have teams leading us in worship. Teams will welcome people to Sunday services. Teams will be driving the spiritual maturity process. And, moving forward, teams of people will engage our community to make an impact in people’s lives who are currently outside the faith and outside the church. If you’re not a part of a ministry team at Oak Leaf, you’re going to feel very out-of-place.
Emily and I are excited about this next season of ministry with the Oak Leaf campus. The whole Morgan family was at Oak Leaf today to attend a service and serve a service. We’re in this together! And, we’re more excited than ever to begin moving forward and help lead people from where they are to where God wants them to be!