January 7, 2018
The ministers and elders of College Heights would like to share some important information concerning our brother Bryce Hansen, High School Minister.
Letter from Bryce
To my College Heights Christian Church family,
I am writing to announce my resignation as the High School Minister of College Heights.
Seven years ago my family and I felt God’s call to move away from Kentucky to be a part of what He was doing through this church in our hometown area. We felt some very big and special changes were about to take place at College Heights and we wanted to be a part of that journey. As with all change, there have been many ups and downs but we have been truly blessed to see how God has been faithful through all of it. We have been blessed as a family by the relationships we have formed over the years, the fruit we have seen through the High School Ministry, and the opportunity that we have had to serve His Kingdom at College Heights.
I have had the honor and privilege to humbly serve as a minister to high school students for nearly 20 years now. During that time I have consistently tried to teach that no matter who you are or what you do for a living, you are to be a Kingdom worker for Jesus and seek to bring His light to this dark world. Over the last couple of years I have felt that God has been preparing me for a very new season of Kingdom responsibility although I had no idea what that meant. Over the past couple of months, this new season has become clear to me.
I have accepted a new job offer and will be working for Schuber-Mitchell Homes, based right here in southwest Missouri. I have found that Schuber-Mitchell is a Kingdom-minded business that seeks to minister to people who are buying homes and be a light for Jesus to them and in their community. They have learned that most home buyers are going through a major life transition and this is a great opportunity to make this stressful transition as positive as possible for them. My role will be to come alongside the buyers during the home-building process, build up a relationship with them, and make sure they are loved and well taken care of in the name of Jesus. While this is a very different adventure for me, I truly am excited to practice what I’ve always preached: to be a Kingdom Worker for Jesus no matter what you do.
While I am sad to leave the High School Ministry, my team, the staff, and the amazing leaders and students I’ve grown to love and care deeply about, I am confident that God is (and always has been) in control. I will continue to see myself as a minister to others as all followers of Christ should. I will always hold youth ministry near and dear to my heart, believing that the best way to change a culture, a church, a community, and ultimately the world, is to introduce young people to Jesus and watch what the power of His Spirit does in and through their lives!
While we grieve the ending of our journey with College Heights, my family and I are also very excited for the new journey God has us on. We are thankful that this change doesn’t mean a move away from the area as we will be able to maintain current relationships while building even more in a community we love and care about.
I love you all and will continue to pray for you on a regular basis! If you have any questions or just want to talk, don’t hesitate to contact me.
I will leave you with one of my favorite verses in Scripture:
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”
– Acts 20:24
With all my love and prayers,
Letter from Sy
Bryce has been a faithful High School Minister, providing stability and experience for our high school students these last seven years. He has also been a team player, leading out on initiatives like the eight-week challenge, our involvement pathway, and one of our key worship hosts these last several years. We are going to miss Bryce's heart for young people, the hurting, and the lost as he transitions out of ministry and models what he has been preaching to our students as to what life looks like as a Kingdom worker in the world.
Transitions like these are normal in ministry. We see this kind of movement throughout the New Testament church, as God calls people to and from ministries and churches, using individual's different gifts and passions to build up His church. This transition season has been long for College Heights, and not without frustrations and challenges. We love and appreciate Bryce's willingness to serve and lead well during this season and we want to bless him and his family as he moves in this new direction. We believe this is simply God moving his servant to another season and place of ministry. And if God has a good plan for Bryce, he has a good plan for us.
We will be having a special Quake event for all of Bryce's high school students, their parents, and volunteers on Bryce’s last day, Wednesday, January 17. Please come by and thank Bryce and Julie and their kids for all their years of faithful service at College Heights. During the interim, we will be increasing some of the support staff's hours within our high school ministry, specifically Tanner Grove, our High School Ministry Coordinator. Logan Greer, our Youth and Children’s Ministries Team Lead, will be overseeing all of the high school programs as we look to hire Bryce's replacement.
We are asking of our congregation the following:
- Please pray for Bryce, Julie, and the Hansen family during this transition.
- Show your appreciation to Bryce, Julie, and the Hansen family for their faithful service over these last several years.
- Pray for Logan Greer and our Youth Team as they cover the hole left by Bryce during this spring semester.
- Pray for God to raise up the right person to replace Bryce for our High School Ministry.
- Squash any gossip or slander that you hear surrounding this transition, and if you have any questions or concerns please contact someone in leadership directly.
We love you all and want to thank you in advance for your cooperation during this transitional season for our high school students.