Guest Blogger Pastor Dan Weber: Coeur d’Alene to Omaha
Today’s guest blog comes from our newest staff member, Pastor Dan Weber! Thanks for sharing!
I had never heard of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho until God called me there to serve as a pastor, right out of seminary. I still remember how the Director of Placement stumbled over the pronunciation of the name of the city during the service (it’s pronounced “core-duh-lane”). Throughout the next day, a handful of friends came up to me and they each said something to the effect of, “Yikes, man! I heard about Idaho. Are you going to be okay?”
Those friends of mine hadn’t seen any pictures of Coeur d’Alene yet. It’s a beautiful resort community with lakes and trees and mountains. No tornadoes, no humidity, no mosquitos. It’s a little piece of paradise. Charlotte and I loved serving our congregation and our community there. And we certainly loved the context.
When I received the call to serve in Omaha, Nebraska, this is what I pictured.
I know it’s not a fair picture, but it’s what I imagined. When you compare the two images, there’s really no comparison. And already in my brief time in Omaha, I’ve run across several people who have been to Coeur d’Alene and know its beauty. And those folks (in a very well-meaning tone) asked, “So why did you come here?”
My response has been, “It wasn’t my idea.” And that’s true. It wasn’t my idea. I wasn’t looking to leave Idaho. I loved it there. I wasn’t looking for a new congregation. I still love God’s people there. I wasn’t looking to uproot my family and sell our house and move away from family to a state I’ve never lived in. It wasn’t my idea.
It actually feels a lot like what I imagine Abraham felt like in Chapter 2 of The Story. God called him, and he answered the call. God called Abraham out of Ur (think fertile crescent, lush lands and rivers) and sent him to Canaan (think Dead Sea and desert). But Abraham didn’t weigh the pros and cons. He faithfully answered the call.
Leaving our friends and congregation in Coeur d’Alene had been far more difficult than I ever imagined and tears are still very close when I think or talk about it. And yet, being faithful isn’t always easy.
But when Charlotte and I got a glimpse of what God is doing at King of Kings, we knew that’s where God wanted us to be. When we saw the passion of God’s people here, we knew that’s where God wanted us to serve. When we heard about the creativity and passion that God’s Spirit is using to drive the new era at King of Kings, we simply had to be a part of it.
So why did we leave Coeur d’Alene? It wasn’t my idea. God called us here. And I’m so grateful He did. It’s still sad to think about our friends in Idaho. It’s still scary to move into a new city and a new church. But it’s also so exciting to see what God is doing. It’s thrilling to be a part of God’s mission of sharing His with those who don’t know Him yet.
Over the days and years to come, God might call you to some new adventure that you hadn’t planned on. I pray that you’ll be led by His Spirit to go wherever He might send you. Sometimes God calls through a congregation (like when He called me to King of Kings). And other times, God might call through an individual (like when I invite you to join one of our Missional Communities). But whenever God calls, it’s always an adventure. And it’s always worth it to say, “Here I am! Send me.”