We have some big news. Please take a moment to read. (Or watch the video here)
For the last year or so, we have been aware that we were entering new seasons. As we continued to pray and listen to God, we felt that something needed to change, and that we would hear about it in the Fall of this year. In October, while I was in Mexico, the Lord spoke to me and said, “The assignment has shifted.” I knew exactly what that meant: it is time for my focus to move to missions, commissions, and writing.
This church, our fourth, has been part of our larger and longer assignment. We have focused much energy and attention on the job of pastoring, though we have continued to do other things. This church serves a vital role in preparing believers to do the work of ministry. Because of the foundation laid here, we have been able to do what God asked us to do in other nations. Now it is time to shift our focus to the other things and allow the next generation we have raised to take the lead in the local church.
Our first service at FCF Tucson was on February 22, 2004. On Sunday, February 24th, 2019, we will celebrate 15 years as a congregation. On that day we will officially transfer the Lead Pastor mantle to Pastors John and Valarie Smith. They have served us in a supportive role since 2001 and are more than ready for this new step. The church will go from glory to glory.
PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT RETIRING, nor do I need to “re-fire.”
Judy will testify, I have plenty of fire left. There is more in my heart than there are hours in the day. Judy and I will continue to be part of FCF Tucson, staying on as Founding Pastors, and will have a role in the ongoing life of the church, preaching as schedule permits and teaching classes. (I also will provide the occasional free barbecue) In addition, we will be shifting our focus to our larger assignment:
So here’s your part:
Thank you for your friendship and support. I believe the best is yet to come for all of us as we get positioned for this next wave.
Pastor Virgil L. Stokes www.pastorvirgil.com Office: 520-792-3238