Announcing new chapter and season for me: We are moving to SoCal

Ncrsign It was just announced at my church this morning, so I can let the cat out of the bag:  I am moving to southern California to take a position as worship leader at Sunridge Community Church in Temecula.  I am moving in just 20 days!

As was said in my resignation letter Erich Roehl read this morning and last night, I feel well supported in our decision by the leadership of Neighborhood Church. After four years of service here, it will be hard to leave so many incredible people and leave a ministry that means so much to this entire region of the state as well as to me personally.  Bill Giovannetti (my pastor) and Erich Roehl (my boss and executive pastor and friend, too) have shown much grace in praying with me about the next step.

Richsharon I was blessed this morning with the congregation’s enthusiastic affirmation and thoughtful words of so many.  One said to me with loving sarcasm, “I do not accept your resignation!” as a word of support.  This morning, Sharon Rigby made an incredible breakfast for our worship team.  Sharon represents what will be hard to leave–loving people who use their gifts to bless others.

Selling a home, finding a new home, getting kids and dog situated and starting a new job and ministry are huge changes for the Kirkpatrick family.  I am so grateful for friends like Andy and Jim who have held me accountable to live out my dreams in life and who I will miss terribly!  (You guys will certainly not be rid of me entirely).  I leave behind many here who I love deeply and who have been a part of my life, ministry and calling.  (If I were to put more names up, I would miss yours…so…)

My kids and Tammy will lose relationships,too.  However, the future is very exciting for us.  Our new town is a great place to raise kids and our new church is a kind of place that we would choose regardless of itSunridgelogo being my job to be there!  Sunridge Church desires to reach those who perhaps fall through cracks in a lot of churches–the unchurched and those turned off by church, for instance.  A lot of churches grow by reaching people changing from other churches, or what we call in the church biz “transfer” growth.  Sunridge has about 30% of its members there who are new Christians, and focus a lot of energy on who they call “spiritual beginners.”

I will be posting more about this new adventure as the weeks unfold.  I ask your prayers for my current worship team and church as they will need a new worship leader very soon and for my family as we try to sell a house in a tough market and move 600 hundred miles away.

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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  1. Wow, that’s huge, Rich. When you had made your announcement a little earlier, I had hoped for a move North so we could drop in on a service of yours sometimes. Looks like God has some other plans for you. 🙂
    You and your family will of course be in our prayers as you make this move. I’ll catch up with you next time I have messenger on.

  2. Wow, that’s huge, Rich. When you had made your announcement a little earlier, I had hoped for a move North so we could drop in on a service of yours sometimes. Looks like God has some other plans for you. 🙂
    You and your family will of course be in our prayers as you make this move. I’ll catch up with you next time I have messenger on.

  3. Wow, that’s huge, Rich. When you had made your announcement a little earlier, I had hoped for a move North so we could drop in on a service of yours sometimes. Looks like God has some other plans for you. 🙂
    You and your family will of course be in our prayers as you make this move. I’ll catch up with you next time I have messenger on.

  4. Wow, that’s huge, Rich. When you had made your announcement a little earlier, I had hoped for a move North so we could drop in on a service of yours sometimes. Looks like God has some other plans for you. 🙂
    You and your family will of course be in our prayers as you make this move. I’ll catch up with you next time I have messenger on.

  5. Hey Rich – glad to hear it went well this morning. Excited to hear about the things that are next for you!

  6. Hey Rich – glad to hear it went well this morning. Excited to hear about the things that are next for you!

  7. Hey Rich – glad to hear it went well this morning. Excited to hear about the things that are next for you!

  8. Hey Rich – glad to hear it went well this morning. Excited to hear about the things that are next for you!

  9. Hey Rich,
    The news is out here at Sunridge also, the reaction though was medicore, ha! Just kidding, Welcome to Sunridge!!! Our, and I mean OUR church was very excited to hear the news this morning. I can’t wait. As Isreal says “It’s a new season, It’s a new day”.

    Just remember the two rules we told you when you were here:

    #1– Nobody is safe from getting burned
    #2– No number two’s in the green room.

    This is going to be great!!!

    Mike

    PS… My blog page needs some serious help man, gotta show me some stuff

  10. Hey Rich,
    The news is out here at Sunridge also, the reaction though was medicore, ha! Just kidding, Welcome to Sunridge!!! Our, and I mean OUR church was very excited to hear the news this morning. I can’t wait. As Isreal says “It’s a new season, It’s a new day”.

    Just remember the two rules we told you when you were here:

    #1– Nobody is safe from getting burned
    #2– No number two’s in the green room.

    This is going to be great!!!

    Mike

    PS… My blog page needs some serious help man, gotta show me some stuff

  11. Hey Rich,
    The news is out here at Sunridge also, the reaction though was medicore, ha! Just kidding, Welcome to Sunridge!!! Our, and I mean OUR church was very excited to hear the news this morning. I can’t wait. As Isreal says “It’s a new season, It’s a new day”.

    Just remember the two rules we told you when you were here:

    #1– Nobody is safe from getting burned
    #2– No number two’s in the green room.

    This is going to be great!!!

    Mike

    PS… My blog page needs some serious help man, gotta show me some stuff

  12. Hey Rich,
    The news is out here at Sunridge also, the reaction though was medicore, ha! Just kidding, Welcome to Sunridge!!! Our, and I mean OUR church was very excited to hear the news this morning. I can’t wait. As Isreal says “It’s a new season, It’s a new day”.

    Just remember the two rules we told you when you were here:

    #1– Nobody is safe from getting burned
    #2– No number two’s in the green room.

    This is going to be great!!!

    Mike

    PS… My blog page needs some serious help man, gotta show me some stuff

  13. I just moved my family from Portland, Oregon to SoCal last week. What a great blessing! Although the insane temperatures (110+) in this heat wave make me realize that I’m a long way from the green of Northern Oregon…
    Congratulations!

  14. I just moved my family from Portland, Oregon to SoCal last week. What a great blessing! Although the insane temperatures (110+) in this heat wave make me realize that I’m a long way from the green of Northern Oregon…
    Congratulations!

  15. I just moved my family from Portland, Oregon to SoCal last week. What a great blessing! Although the insane temperatures (110+) in this heat wave make me realize that I’m a long way from the green of Northern Oregon…
    Congratulations!

  16. I just moved my family from Portland, Oregon to SoCal last week. What a great blessing! Although the insane temperatures (110+) in this heat wave make me realize that I’m a long way from the green of Northern Oregon…
    Congratulations!

  17. 20 days huh? Surely that’s enough time to squeeze in one little coffee break!
    bill

  18. 20 days huh? Surely that’s enough time to squeeze in one little coffee break!
    bill

  19. 20 days huh? Surely that’s enough time to squeeze in one little coffee break!
    bill

  20. 20 days huh? Surely that’s enough time to squeeze in one little coffee break!
    bill

  21. Rich-so Carlos isn’t the only Re:Creater to be moving locations. I pray that all goes well and also look forward to catching up in Feb.T

  22. Rich-so Carlos isn’t the only Re:Creater to be moving locations. I pray that all goes well and also look forward to catching up in Feb.T

  23. Rich-so Carlos isn’t the only Re:Creater to be moving locations. I pray that all goes well and also look forward to catching up in Feb.T

  24. Rich-so Carlos isn’t the only Re:Creater to be moving locations. I pray that all goes well and also look forward to catching up in Feb.T

  25. Hey great news man; good luck w/ all that. I used to live just 10 or 20 minutes north of Temecula on the southern side of Corona (off I-15).
    There is a KILLER Italian restaurant right there off I-15; it’s on the Cajalco exit – called “NYPD”. The lasagna defies description…

  26. Hey great news man; good luck w/ all that. I used to live just 10 or 20 minutes north of Temecula on the southern side of Corona (off I-15).
    There is a KILLER Italian restaurant right there off I-15; it’s on the Cajalco exit – called “NYPD”. The lasagna defies description…

  27. Hey great news man; good luck w/ all that. I used to live just 10 or 20 minutes north of Temecula on the southern side of Corona (off I-15).
    There is a KILLER Italian restaurant right there off I-15; it’s on the Cajalco exit – called “NYPD”. The lasagna defies description…

  28. Hey great news man; good luck w/ all that. I used to live just 10 or 20 minutes north of Temecula on the southern side of Corona (off I-15).
    There is a KILLER Italian restaurant right there off I-15; it’s on the Cajalco exit – called “NYPD”. The lasagna defies description…

  29. Hey. Awesome! SOCAL churches ROCK! wooo hooo!
    Hopefully I can visit one of your services soon!

  30. Hey. Awesome! SOCAL churches ROCK! wooo hooo!
    Hopefully I can visit one of your services soon!

  31. Hey. Awesome! SOCAL churches ROCK! wooo hooo!
    Hopefully I can visit one of your services soon!

  32. Hey. Awesome! SOCAL churches ROCK! wooo hooo!
    Hopefully I can visit one of your services soon!

  33. Didn’t realize you were headed to Sunridge. We’ll get together with Alex when you get down here.

  34. Didn’t realize you were headed to Sunridge. We’ll get together with Alex when you get down here.

  35. Didn’t realize you were headed to Sunridge. We’ll get together with Alex when you get down here.

  36. Didn’t realize you were headed to Sunridge. We’ll get together with Alex when you get down here.

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