Special Announcement About Brian Sitton, Children's Minister
September 18, 2017
We would like to inform you of a family announcement that has to do with one of our ministers who is making an exciting life transition:
Dear College Heights family,
I have some big news: I have accepted a new job at a Christian organization across town. Since it would be very difficult to do both jobs, I will no longer be the Children's Minister here at College Heights. I still love this church, and my family will continue to be active members here.
I have loved this job and I have loved teaching your children about Jesus! But it seems when a minister leaves, people often wonder why. Well, it's very simple: God has opened the door to an incredible new opportunity where my job will be to create interactive digital ways to engage thousands of kids all across the country with the gospel. It's gonna be incredible!
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for letting me serve in LaunchPad for the last 10 years. I have learned so much. Thank you to all of the volunteers who I got to work with at VBS and camps and Sunday School classes and small groups. What you do truly matters in the life of these children. Thank you for helping our kids feel like valuable members of the College Heights family.
I will be on staff for the next 30 days. After that, I will still be an active member of this congregation volunteering where I am needed. And yes, Paige is very excited for me to sit by her in big church.
I ask that you would join us in prayer during this transition:
- Pray that God would provide an incredible leader for this ministry.
- Pray for even more volunteers to join the LaunchPad team.
- Pray for peace and wisdom for the LaunchPad team as they navigate this transition.
- Pray that I would make a huge impact for God’s kingdom in my new job.
We are going to miss Brian very much. If we could, we would keep Brian as a Children's Minister, yet God has called him and his family to a new chapter in their journey of making disciples of our youth.
This is a win for the Kingdom. We are a church committed to raising up and sending out disciples. Although we are sad that we are losing a minister like Brian, we are going to rejoice with him and his family in this new season of their lives. They are going to an incredible organization, CIY, with an incredible mission and vision and influence for the Kingdom. So let's pray over Brian and his family, tell them how much we have valued and appreciated them over the years, and let's send them out, cheering them on.
Now you are probably wondering, "What does this mean for our children's ministry, for our kids?"
Great question. We believe this: If God has a plan for Brian, then he has a plan for us, too, and we are looking forward to discovering what that is. From now until December 2017, Ann Wolfe, our Early Childhood Minister, will also be serving as the INTERIM Children's Minister, overseeing everything from babies to 5th grade. We will increase the hours of some of her staff, help during this transition, as well as recruit a number of key volunteers and staff to help teach at our elementary program, Launchpad. Please tell her thank you for taking this on during this season, for this allows for us to not rush into a "quick fix" for our children, and gives us the space and time to truly do what we believe is best for the long-term health of our children's ministry. Please pray for us as we seek God's guidance in this vital ministry and that God raises up the right people for such a time as this.
- Brian Sitton has accepted a job at CIY
- His last day will be October 10, 2017
- Ann Wolfe will serve as INTERIM Children’s Minister for babies-5th grade, from now until December 2017
- We are taking time to create the best long-term plan for our children's ministries
- We are looking forward to seeing what God does through Brian and College Heights in the days ahead