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Ministry Transition for Jon & Jenn Trott

 

Ministry Transition for Jon & Jenn Trott
by Ross Stern, Chairman of the NCBC Elder Council

Dear New Covenant Bible Church family,

We would like to express to you our gratefulness for your participation in the financial and prayer support of Jon and Jenn Trott during their twelve years of ministry in Brazil.  We also want to take this opportunity to communicate the new direction that they will be taking in church planting ministry and to share with you that as their sending church, we have had the privilege of playing an integral part in their decision-making process.

During this year in Brazil,  it became more and more clear that the church planted there was prepared to move forward with national leadership, which is the hope and desire of every church planting ministry on the global field.  Along the way, we were discerning with Jon and Jenn promptings that God was giving them that indicated it might be time for them  to embrace a change in ministry. Together we sensed that what this new ministry might look like would be shaped by their experience on the field, Jon’s growing heart for pastoral ministry, and their season of life.  David Sunday suggested to Jon the possibility of  working as a church planter here in the States and, more specifically,  with a new church plant emerging from College Church in Wheaton called Hope Fellowship.  Pastor David connected Jon with Hope’s Senior Pastor Jeff Brewer, which then led to multiple conversations between the two of them, as well as with some of our elders, and with the Chairman of our Global Outreach Team, Mike Jacoby.  We have discussed this with them and prayed with and for them throughout these last months and would like you to know that we believe God has uniquely prepared them to be sent to this new ministry.  We have seen God perform amazing things  in order for all of the details to come together and are excited to see what God will do with this new church in Lombard, Illinois.

So, as of June 30, 2011, Jon and Jenn will resign from their current assignment with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) and will be sent by New Covenant Bible Church to Hope Fellowship as an Associate Pastor.  We are viewing this not only as a promising sphere of ministry for the Trotts, but also as a strategic opportunity for our church to become meaningfully involved in the work of church planting here in the Chicagoland area.

Since Hope is a brand new church plant, the Trotts will need to continue to receive financial support until the church becomes more established.  It is therefore our intention to maintain our church's financial support to the Trotts for two more years, with the goal of Hope Fellowship being ready to assume full financial support of the Trotts in 2013.  Our heart's desire is that this will be the first of numerous investments that New Covenant Bible Church will make in the vital work of planting new churches in our own region.

Along with us, we would ask you to hold this transition up in prayer as this will be a time of significant re-adjustment for Jon, Jenn and the girls.  We trust that God is going before them and will bring them through the various challenges that will naturally arise.  We are rejoicing in this new direction and are very excited to see what God will do in and through them in Lombard, Illinois.          

For Christ’s Church,

Ross Stern, Chairman of the Council of Elders