New Development for the Menenbergs
October 7, 2010 § 2 Comments
For several months, we have struggled in prayer regarding the direction that God is leading us. After much prayer, careful consideration, and discussion with several pastors, we have come to the conclusion that the Lord is leading us to attend the Bellevue campus of Mars Hill Church.
Leaving a church is never an easy decision, and we have agonized over this decision for several months. Without a doubt, God has used our time at the City Church to shape our lives and improve our understanding of Him. Additionally, we have been part of a strong community of believers whom we love and adore. However, there are several significant factors influencing this change in direction for us. The first factor influencing our decision is Mars Hill’s participation in church planting and missionary training through the Acts 29 Network. We have a strong desire in our hearts to someday be a part of a church plant, and we are excited about the opportunity for training through Mars Hill. The second factor influencing our decision is the doctrine of Mars Hill. Without going into specifics, we appreciate Mars Hill’s strong emphasis on the Gospel message and how this understanding of the Gospel shapes the rest of their teaching. The third and final factor is that we have the peace of God and know that He is leading us.
We recognize that this is a major transition and our desire is to carry it out thoughtfully, transparently, and respectfully. We made the announcement to friends at Belltown last Sunday and I wanted to share in more details some of the reasons for us going. Please feel free to contact us if you have other questions or concerns.
Last night, we attended our first community group at Mars Hill (in walking distance from our home). It was a wonderful introduction to the beautiful community at Mars Hill. It’s a new and exciting season! We will miss our dear church family at the City Church and are glad to know that we will always be a part of God’s family with them.