Bittersweet

This post is bittersweet. I’m excited, grateful, and sad all at the same time.

Family Life Services

This letter was given to all of the WOC partners and resident families I serve at Family Life Services this week. Family and friends who have walked with me this year know that it has been a difficult but transformational one. This next step is essential in my personal growth and calls me to be obedient to a faithful God who has never ever failed me. Ever.

Thank you for your continued prayers as I transition. I love the ministry of FLS and truly believe in what goes on there to transform families. I will forever be an advocate of this nonprofit. It is hard to leave something you love so much but next spring I will be transitioning out of my ED role there after five years of service. This letter lays out the details.

 

Dear Ladies,

So be strong and courageous, those who put your hope in the Lord! ~Ps. 31:24

I wanted to take a few minutes to give you an update so that you are hearing from me personally. First off, I want to say how proud I am of each of you! I don’t often get an opportunity to speak directly to you, but I watch from afar and just know that I am excited about where I see God leading all of you in your growth—first in your relationships with Him, and secondly with your relationships within this community and with your children. It is a beautiful sight to behold and I just wanted to speak encouragement to all of you to keep working, keep digging, and keep making the hard decisions to move you and your family forward. God is faithful— He will continue to lead you.

With that said, I wanted to update you all on where God is leading me. For some time now I have been wrestling with my call to take the next step in my professional journey. When I joined FLS in 2009, my assignment for the organization was to be spent promoting, building systems and leading this team of amazing programming staff. During this season we have been blessed with and have experienced incredible growth. The city now is aware of our services and we find ourselves in the middle of some major changes to our programs that are going to expand our outreach to even more in the community. All of this in addition to merging with Women of Courage in 2011, when we expanded our network to help even more single moms families in our city— Whew! I’m a little tired.

As the organization grows it is imperative that the right skills and people are moving the ministry forward. I have also felt called for many months to explore writing, speaking and being more available to help with Rocky Mountain Media Group‘s growth—not to mention the need I have for more flexibility in my schedule for my two very active teenagers! My personality type has always drawn me have my hands in several different pots, so I also want to start exploring what it would look like to help other ministry nonprofits locally through consulting and engagement. All of these factors have directed me to begin to work towards my transition out of leadership of FLS. So this spring (February 1st), a new job description will be posted for what the next Executive Director’s role will look like for this new stage of ministry growth.

I wanted to be the one to communicate this to you directly. Essentially, this does not effect your day-to-day involvement in our program. These changes are being constructed in a strategic manner with our Board of Directors so that in the future we have even more ministry opportunities to offer you and your children.

I am over the moon excited about the future of Family Life Services, and I am honored that I have been able to serve the ministry in this capacity for this season.  You all have a very special place in my heart, and I look forward to transitioning the ministry into this exciting new phase over the next few months.

Sincerely,

Julie

 

 

 

 

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