But I’m also delighted – and here’s why!
News was shared on Sunday in my local church that as from September this year, I’ll be going full time as an itinerant Christian Communicator, Comedian & Magician. As part of my wider family, i also wanted to share the news with you too.
So what happens in September? I’ll be serving, under the direction of the trustees of The Affirming Life Trust – An almost registered charity that I have founded and which I will now become director of.
This Autumn will see a number of exciting things happen, including the birth of a second child for Natalie and I.
Over the last 3 years, I’ve served in a part time role as youth worker for my home church, Minchinhampton Baptist, in Gloucestershire. I’ve loved every minute, but believe God is calling us, as a family to something new.
They have been super supportive of my itinerant ministry and I’ve enjoyed serving young people in their walk with God.
Ian Wiliams from the leadership team at the Minchinhampton Baptist Church writes;
Tom has been a enthusiastic youth leader in our church for the last two years; but as we all know, being connected to us is not part of what God has been calling him to do. As a leadership, we have seen his calling to be a Christian Communicator, Comedian & Magician grow and flourish. You only need to look at his social media feeds to see increased media activity, gigs at Christian conferences, local churches and secular ventures. So this Summer, we feel is the time that we release Tom to take a step of faith, with a new Trust being launched to commission him as a Church to fulfil his calling full time. He goes with our blessing, prayers and encouragement. There is alot of work being done in the background to make this transition and Tom would love any support his church family can give him.Tom will be greatly missed on the staff team. We thank you, Tom for your contribution but we look forward expectantly what God wants to do through you in the coming months and years
So, with the backing of my local church, I’m taking the leap and trusting in God for his provision, his wisdom and his Spirit to be at work.
I’d really value your prayers more than ever as I take this step. Particularly for the following.
> God’s power as I seek to take the Gospel into mainstream venue’s without compromise.
> God’s protection over myself, Natalie, my daughter Abigail and ‘Bump’* (Due in October!)
> God’s provision of opportunities, finances & people
If you feel prompted to support with your time, skills or finances, however much or however little, please get in touch today and let me know. Whatever support you can give to this new ministry is appreciated. No matter how small…
Thank you for your continued support. As Easter people, let’s believe God for more in each in our lives.
Every blessing & many thanks
*PS – Yeah I’m scared, but it’s in the ‘scared’ we find the ‘Sacred’!
*PSS – ‘Bump’ will not be the child’s name.