2013 was a life-defining year for the Kents.
It began in January 2013 with a 13 day fast and a sense of ‘stirring’ that would eventually lead us up to Sunday’s January 12 announcement that I would be concluding my 15 years of leadership at Victory Christian Center. Over the past year, Ali and I have prayed, journaled and seen the Lord confirm this direction time and time again. I’m pleased to announce that we will leave our Victory family and assignment with strong relationships intact, compelled only by what we believe to be God’s leading. The official Victory statement reads like this:
“After over a year of seeking the Lord’s wisdom and confirmation, Cory and Alison are announcing that their 15 year season in leadership at Victory will conclude at the end of February. With deep gratitude and affection towards the Victory family, Cory and Ali and their family are in a season of preparation, pursuing involvement with a church within the Harvest Bible Fellowship network. Though the specifics are not fully known at this time, they believe that transitioning out of Victory’s leadership is a necessary next step in the journey.”
It was January 2000 and I was finishing my MFA at Purdue. For my required internship, instead of pursuing the career of a Sound Designer, I pursued a ministry position that would allow me to use the tools of [sights, sound and story] to introduce people to God’s epic story of redemption through Jesus Christ. I had been volunteering at Victory since my arrival in August 1997. In demonstration of God’s amazing timing, Victory Christian Center created a 20 hr/wk internship position in 2000 that led to my full time position upon graduation in 2001. Ali and I began our marriage here. We’ve given birth to all of our children here. We’ve enjoyed strong friendships and learned so much up leadership and ministry. We will deeply miss this community and our church family.
Many times, we’ve seen God open a door as another was closing. This time, it seems that we need to allow a door to fully close before the next one opens. It is a tremendous walk of faith and our confidence is held completely in God’s proven faithfulness. Proverbs 3:5-6.
We covet your prayers as we see God’s plan continue to unfold.
Blessings- Cory and Ali