Change is Coming, and it is Bittersweet.

Posted: October 10, 2010 in Status
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Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” This verse has always been one that has guided Diane and me through our marriage and ministry together. We have sought to trust God, even when it’s difficult, and to follow Him wherever He leads, because He knows what we do not know, and He sees what we cannot see. His will is what we would have chosen if we knew everything about any given situation.

In February of 2006, after the craziest 6 months we had ever experienced, God called Diane and I here to First Baptist Church at the Mall. He confirmed this in many ways and made it absolutely clear that He wanted us here. When He said, “Go,” we went. Before Lakeland He called us to New Orleans for seminary, and before that it was Gainesville, FL, to serve as campus missionaries. He has been faithful to guide us and direct our steps, leading us where He wants us and providing for us, and that has only furthered our trust in Him.

In mid-July, God again made it abundantly clear to Diane and me that we are to go. God is calling us to serve in what we believe to be a smaller church or church plant as the worship pastor, but we are not certain of where yet. At this time, we have talked with several pastors about different opportunities, but nothing certain has developed. Throughout this process, we have sought to be wide-open before God, saying to Him, “Lord, whatever You want is what we want.” We shared this with Pastor Jay and the executive staff team when we knew, and they have been extremely supportive and helpful through all of it. Words cannot tell you how grateful I am for these men and for the church taking good care of us during this time of transition.

This has been one of the hardest and most uncertain times in our lives, as we have never had to walk this road with so much at stake, but we are trusting God to lead us and to take care of us as He has so many times in the past. It may seem foolish to step out like this with no sure thing on the other end, but I would have failed you as a leader and a pastor if we ignored God’s calling on us and disobeyed His direction.

Please know that it has been our privilege to serve such an amazing church family. We have some amazing relationships here. We have witnessed God move in amazing ways, and we are so grateful to have been a part. We have been able to share the joy of the birth of both of our children here. You have encouraged us, nurtured us, and loved us as we have learned and grown over these past 4 ½ years. We have never felt as loved as we do here. Many times, however, following God means letting go of something that you treasure. For us, that is you. We love you like crazy, and we will miss you terribly. So much of our hearts will be left here. We consider this home, and saw ourselves staying here indefinitely, but God had other plans.

We ask that you would please pray for us as we take this step. Pray for God’s clear direction. Pray that we will be able to sell our home. Pray for our kids as they deal with change. Also, pray for the church leadership as they seek out God’s man to take up where I leave off. We are trusting that the greatest days for Church at the Mall are still ahead, and that God will bring just the right man to continue on in leading you and caring for you. I know for certain that you are in great hands with this worship team, as they are some of the most talented musicians and leaders I have ever served with.

I will be leading for the next few weeks, as long as I am needed, and we look forward to sharing time with you and worshiping together as we all continue to pursue the heart of our great God. He is the only one worthy of our praise, and the only one worthy of our lives. Let us lay our lives down for the sake of His name and His Kingdom, because He laid down His life for us at the cross.

  1. Mary says:

    What tears and inspiration you brought to us today.

  2. Stephanie Curby says:

    Bill Horn,
    You have been more than amazing! You have changed my life forever and I am forever grateful! You have so much passion for the Lord, and that inspires me! You have changed FBC@TheMall and our student ministry. Camp was the best time ever and I will never forget all the memories. I love you and your family so much and was glad to share these years with you. God has done so many awesome things in your & your family’s lives and he will continue as you follow him. We can’t say goodbye to you because you will never truly be gone. You will always be remember in our hearts and in this church. This is more of a “Until we see you again” because if not here on this earth we will see you in heaven. We will miss you so much and wish you nothing but the best. I will constantly pray for you and your family.
    Love Always & Forever,
    Stephanie Curby! ❤

  3. jackie collins says:

    I cried like a little kid in church today Bill. I want you to know that even before I was a single mom, before my new husband Mark was saved ’07, before we got married Dec ’07, at our baptism (the same day we got married),before we planned and excuted my tubal reversal sept. ’10….and now that we’re waiting to be blessed with a baby …and so on YOU and the worship team have played the ballads of those moments for us. When we first came to church and the only reason I could get Mark to go in the beginning (and sometimes now I think, lol) was for the MUSIC! He’ll only attend the 9:30 service because of the music 🙂 what you do, the songs that are sung those perfect moments when we need them..are a blessing to all. You are gifted my friend and your family is an extention of God’s grace and love for you. I sure hope they do some searching to fill those shoes of yours and that God has the ultimate scene lined up for you and yours. ❤ I can't think of a single person in this church save Pastor Jay, that could possibly be missed more. God bless you for all that you have done here and for all He'll have you do in the days ahead.

    On Faith,

    Mark & Jackie Collins

  4. Cathy Hayes says:

    Still in shock! Love to your sweet family! We are praying and here if you need anything at ALL!

  5. Bernita Gigowski says:

    Bill, I was sick this morning and didn’t go to church. But when my Sarah came home and told me you were leaving, I didn’t believe her! I was so shocked! My family has so enjoyed the 9:30 worship service and so much of that was because of you and the band! We love the music every Sunday and you are such a man of God that it shows through in every song you choose! Thank you for being so sweet to Sarah every Sunday! It has meant the world to her! You have such a talent for music and worship! We know God will use you in a mighty way! Although it will not ever be the same without you, we are happy that you will be able to reach even more people with your music! God bless you and your sweet wife and kids as you travel on with your journey for the Lord! Just know you will be missed by ALL!

    Love in Christ,

    Gig, Bernita, Holly, and Sarah Gigowski

  6. Beth James says:

    Bill and Diane, You two have been my treasured friends over the last four years, and will continue to be no matter where you go. You and Ella and Liam, will always be in my prayers. Being a military wife, I know what it means to “go where you are sent”. It takes great faith and trust in the Lord when you know you’ve been called to serve others. The Lord’s annointing has been on each your lives. I’ve seen it all these years of knowing you personally, and I know that the Lord will continue to bless you everywhere you go. For you forge onward in faith to where the Lord leads you, and others are encouraged by your great faith in Him. You’ll be greatly missed, but know that you’ll always have friends praying for your family, no matter where you’re serving God’s people. May the Lord bless you and keep you in His peace. (Num. 6:24-26) Beth, Walt, Devin, Will, Barret, and David James – Lakeland

  7. Cheryl Shaffer says:

    While at the beach on vacation with our family I heard some shocking news today. Bill I have to admit my first reaction was vey shocked and very sad. I have loved being in the 9:30 service. Every Sunday God has used you to lead us to the throne and for that I am grateful! I love the worship time! I know God has grown you in the 4 1/2 yrs.that you have been at FBC. I do know that all God wants from us is an OBEDIENT HEART and I know out of your obedience God is going to bless you. You, Diane and your children are just a precious family. Alan and I love and appreciate you and we are thankful that the Lord used you for His glory! You will be in our prayers!

    Forever being changed by Him!
    Cheryl Shaffer

  8. You both are a huge Blessing! Thank you for everything and always being honest and up front!

    Praising God for you and your famiy!
    Excite for your next adventure!

    Bren and Buckshot:)
    Psalm 46

  9. Richard Land says:

    As much as I hate to see you leave I understand and respect you willingness to follow Gods calling. You will be greatly missed and whoever the church gets to take you place will have big shoes to fill. Good luck to you and your family and with any luck God will lead you back one day. Richard Land and family

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