When we prayerfully decided that Shawn would quit his corporate job at the end of May, we had no clue what was next. We spent the entire month of June staying with my parents, sending out résumés, and basically free falling. We knew it would be Shawn's dream job to lead worship in a church, but we were completely open.
Amazingly, God connected our paths with this church without us even looking, and it felt like such a perfect fit on every front. Just three days after Shawn's initial conversation with the staff there, they flew us out for the weekend. We fell in love with the people, the church, and the city of Raleigh - and we even got to meet our 3-day-old niece who lives there. (Ironically, Shawn's brother, sister-in-law, and new niece live less than 15 minutes from the church, but had nothing to do with this position becoming available.)
Shawn is currently in Raleigh, and Liam and I will fly out to meet him tomorrow. We'll be back in Nashville for one more week after that, and then we pack up and head out there for good on August 12.
This is so much more than a job. It's a dream come true for Shawn. He'll be leading two services every week, organizing rehearsals, songwriting, and so much more... all things that he is so passionate about. It's a gift to our family that we'll be surrounded by a loving church family and a privilege to pour out our lives in community there. And it's an incredible bonus that we'll still be near family, even though we're moving hundreds of miles from Nashville.
God is good and we are thrilled!