Before I get into this post I want to answer two questions:
Q: Is Atlantic breaking up?
A: No, absolutely not. In fact, we have a tour booked for May and another one in August. We will being doing fewer dates every year, but still doing them nonetheless.
Q: Are you still speaking at events?
A: Yes. I would love to come speak at your event!
Almost two months ago my wife and I moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, to join a movement.
Prior to moving, we were living in Grand Rapids, Michigan in a small apartment on the West side of the city. My wife had an awesome job working in one of the top salons in the city. I was staying busy leading worship and speaking at different churches, camps, retreats, and youth groups. I was also really enjoying the extra time I had to pour into writing.
We had friends who loved us. A community to do life with. Family only a car ride away. It seemed like the perfect set up.
The thing was, we knew God wasn’t calling us to stay.
One morning I woke up to an email from a pastor in Rapid City who was leading a church that was experiencing unprecedented growth.
In the last 4 years the church had gone from a regular attendance of 140 to a regular attendance of 1600.
In the last two years they have seen almost 1000 people surrender their lives to Jesus.
In the last year they had the privilege of baptizing 260 people.
The crazy thing is that Rapid City has a population of less than 70,000 people. This church was infectiously reaching this city.
The Pastor told me they were looking for a Creative Arts Pastor who had a “love for hurting and disconnected people” as most of their church was either “unchurched” or “dechurched” folks. More than the numbers, this resonated with my wife and I.
After a visit, 3 months of praying (and some tears) we sincerely felt called to be a part of this incredible movement of God that was happening in Rapid City. A month and a half later we were moving into a small two-bedroom house on the North Side of Rapid with no idea what we were getting ourselves into.