Listen To Dan’s interview with Josh from Sunday, October 8th:
[letter from Josh & Carley]
This morning, Carley and I announced to the church that we will be transitioning out of our role here at Trinity. At the end of January, we will be moving to Boise, Idaho where we will begin a yearlong church planter training residency with Trademark Church.
Church planting has always been near to my and Carley’s hearts. Our passion has only been increasing the more we have thought and prayed, and the more we grow in our understanding of the priority of missions. This, coupled with the desire to move west to be near family, has helped us to see this church planting residency as an incredible opportunity to prepare us for the future. The decision has been years in the making as we have sought the Lord and his leading as well as listened to wise counsel from trusted advisors. Obviously, a decision like this one is full of mixed emotions as we are sad to say goodbye to our church family here, yet excited to pursue the opportunity God has given us.
The obvious question in all this is: what will we be doing? In a nutshell, the next year will be spent working alongside Trademark Church as they provide us with training and practical experience in the area of church planting. Trademark Church is part of the Acts 29 Network, which is a church planting network dedicated to planting churches and training church planters, both locally and globally. It is their desire (and ours) to see the gospel impact cities around the world through the ministry of local churches. Over the next year we will be actively involved in discipleship, missional living, and investing in the local community as we seek to bring the gospel to bear on the lives of those living in Boise. The goal of this residency is to equip Carley and me to be involved in church planting, whether as a lead pastor or part of a planting team, in the western United States. You can find out more about Trademark Church here and the Acts 29 Network here.
There is still a lot that needs to fall into place over the next three months before we move. We are in need of financial support, prayer, jobs, and housing. If you are interested in partnering with us, there are two main ways you can do that.
There are many things we need prayer for, but a few of them are:
- A place to live in Boise
- Financial support raising
- Strengthening of our marriage in the coming season of big transitions
- Safety as we drive across the country in the middle of winter
- Friendships and a welcoming community
- For missional living to become more natural to us
- Confirmation in how we are called to partner in church planting
As part of our residency we will need to raise financial support. If you would like to partner with us in this way, you can give through our church website. Click here to donate. (Select Church Planter Training – Boise)
We are so grateful for the part Trinity has played in our lives. Thank you for how you have supported us and provided a gracious place for me to grow as a pastor. The time we have been able to spend with your children has been particularly sweet and we will miss having active roles in their lives. Some of our best memories from the last 5+ years have been with them. We will miss you!
January 21st will be our last Sunday at Trinity. I will be preaching that morning and following the service there will be a small “going-away-party.” It would be wonderful to see you there.
Josh & Carley Hibbard