Yesterday Founding Pastor Tim Keel announced that he is ending his role as Sr. Pastor of Jacob's Well. The day was a challenging but beautiful day in so many ways. Tim Keel is one of my closest friends and partners in ministry and life. This is shocking for the Jacob's Well Community but not surprising. Tim's gifts are very Apostolic. I've received several calls today from people outside of the Jacob's Well Community who acknowledge that Tim's departure is not only a huge loss for Jacob's Well but a huge loss for Kansas City. It is also a big loss nationally because Tim is accepting a position as a Lecturer at Laidlaw College in New Zealand. He will also begin the process of earning a PhD.
So many of us are extremely excited for the Keel family as they embark on this adventurous journey together but we are also deeply saddened by their departure from our community. We shared the news with the Elders on Thursday (early morning) followed by the staff. I had the privilege of speaking after Tim's announcement and message on "Holy Spirit as provocateur" (we are in a series on the Holy Spirit). I spoke about the blessing Tim and Mimi have been to our community and the story we find ourselves in. Click here to listen to the service.
Please Pray for Tim, Mimi and family AND please pray for the Jacob's Well Community during this transition.