It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written anything on the blog. I have so many things on my heart and mind. I start but can’t seem to finish. If anything, that’s a sign in itself that I need to be praying and asking others for prayers.
So if I may, I’d like to use today’s post to thank you for your prayers and to ask for your continual prayers.
I don’t know how many or even exactly who but I do know that there are some of you who read this blog that have felt led to pray for me, my ministry, and my larger family – and I want to sincerely thank you. Almost every where I go, someone comes up to me to share that they’re praying for me and I can’t share how much that encourages, convicts, and blesses me.
Sincerely. It means the world to me.
The older I get, I am reminded – more and more – how much prayer matters in my life – not so much as a means of getting what I want but more profoundly, as a way of remaining connected and rooted to the heart of God.
I used to think that prayer was solely a way for me to change God’s heart but I’ve learned that prayer is God’s way of changing me.
So, if you’re the praying type, here’s several ways you can be praying for me, my ministry, and our family:
Minhee launches her private practice.
It’s hard for me to put into words how proud I am of my wife. Not an arrogant kind of proud but, “Wow, God is working through my wife” kind of proud. Exactly a year ago this time, Minhee graduated from her Marriage and Family Therapy program at Seattle Pacific University and recently launched her private practice: Minhee J. Cho Family Counseling.
Please pray for her practice. In light of it just getting started, we’re praying for both an infusion of new clients and connections and for Minhee to be able to really assist people in their circumstance and situation. While she is practicing personal and family counseling, I personally think she’s amazing with children, youth, women, and marriage counseling.
My role (time) at Quest has changed…
Over the past couple years, I’ve engaged in conversations with my church elders board and even with folks at our church about how I can continue to both serve the church and honor the various platforms of leadership and influence. This hasn’t always been an easy conversation but I’m grateful for the humbling privilege of planting and pastoring this church.
After numerous conversations over the past couple years, I finally made the decision (with my Elder Board’s support) to reduce my role at Quest from 100% (50 hours) to 70% and remain in my role as the lead pastor. In this decision, I’ve been asked to relinquish much of the day-t0-day stuff and I’m grateful to be working with other pastors and staff that not only enable me to do that but that allows me to do that in confidence knowing that there are some things I absolutely had to do in the early years of Quest but wasn’t necessarily gifted in those areas.
In my role as the lead pastor, I’ll continue to focus on teaching, visioning, and leading…
With some of this extra time, my hope is to invest more time in my family and marriage, in my other passion at One Day’s Wages, and for outside engagements.
Over the past few years, I’ve limited my speaking and consulting engagements to about 8x/year. With this new schedule, I’ve been given permission to increase that up to about 15x/year. As I turn 42 later this year, my desire – while building up the local church – has also been focused on mentoring, encouraging, and investing in other leaders – especially younger leaders which I hope to do so through my travels and speaking. With my time reduction, I also requested a compensation reduction because that would only seem fair for the church.
The big story is my desire to serve Christ passionately, faithfully, and joyfully.
Huge challenges and opportunities
This is an incredibly exciting season but it’s also one of the most challenging seasons of my life as I’m currently in the middle of navigating some very important decisions that will have deep impact in my life and leadership for years to come.
While I’m not able to go into detail in all these matters, I am asking for prayer for wisdom and courage. I especially pray for courage because courage is what we often need to navigate through changes and challenges.
Again, thanks for your prayers and your belief in what God is doing in my life. I know that God is good because He used broken and foolish vessels like me. I am proof.
If there are some ways I can be praying for you, please share it as well in the comments.