By now many of you know I have been hired as a news anchor and reporter at Newsradio WBBM. If you missed Robert Feder’s story you can read it HERE. I’m thrilled because WBBM is such a great station and I have many longtime friends who work there.
Several people have asked what this means for the church. Around 3 years ago, I began working with a team of people to start Village Church of Oak Park. The church has grown wonderfully, not only in number of people, but in quality. Village Church is filled with loving people who truly sacrifice and care for each other as they seek to grow in their faith. It’s a great honor to serve as the Lead Pastor of this church. People have assumed that a job at WBBM would mean my time at the church has ended. No way!
I made the decision early on in my church planting journey to be bi-vocational. That’s a fancy way of saying I have a job outside of the church. Many church planters are doing this because it lessens the financial burden on the new church and also keeps you grounded by intentionally having relationships with people outside the church. Oak Park is an expensive (but worth it!) place to live. It would be nearly impossible for a new church to pay one pastor’s full salary, much less pay for several staff members to work at the church. So, the choice was easy.
The bosses at WBBM have already been kind in working around my responsibilities with the church. For example, I won’t be scheduled to work any Sunday mornings. It is truly a gift of God that I can work at two fantastic places.