I (Greg) have been working twelve-hour shifts on weekend nights for the past six and a half years. I often came home from Saturday night’s shift at 4am and then served at church Sunday morning. I also was working in Ohio, which meant long commutes and building relationships with non-Pittsburgh people I wouldn’t be able to invest in throughout the week. Although my job was a huge blessing in how it helped get us here to Pittsburgh and provide much of what we need physically, it became apparent over the last few months that something needed to change. Church planting responsibilities have ramped up, and it was beginning to feel like I was giving my spare time to the work God meant to be our full-time focus.
Although I see bi-vocationalism as a means to provide while being a viable part of the community, I clearly wasn’t in my community with this job. So here’s what you need to know:
- I quit my Walmart job. (Whoohoo!)
- I have been hired for a season (3-6 months) as a part-time interim associate pastor at Living Faith Community Church.
- I am in the interview process with Marketplace Chaplains to become a (really) part-time chaplain for a local Pittsburgh warehouse. This is a great opportunity for me to use my years as a forklift driver to speak into the lives of local workers in times of crisis.
- Additional funding for the work of 412 church has come in the form of a couple of great churches and individuals who have come on board as planting partners. We are thankful for the support shown by our partners in this way and will seek to honor their trust and confidence as we work together for the gospel in Pittsburgh!
Please pray that God will continue to provide all that I and our little family needs as we have taken this step of faith. Pray that we will be sensitive to His spirit and use this time to lean into the work He has for us. I am very excited for this new season. Thanks for praying alongside us. If many pray, many will be able to rejoice at God’s work.
-Greg, Megan, and Graeson
“On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”
2 Corinthians 1:10b-11