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My Story: The Next Chapter

I’ve been waiting to be able to share this news on the latest development in my life, and I’m so excited that I’m now able to!

I have accepted a position on staff at Cross Point Church here in Nashville and will be joining the Cross Point Family Ministries team in the role of FX Director.

FX is a Family Experience created to help connect kids and their parents with God’s Big Ideas together. Between our Live Experience once a month and our weekly Home Experience Tools, our passion is to provide the environments we all need to discover the Word of God as a family, together.

There are incredible teams of singers, musicians, actors, dancers, leaders, techs and more who work tirelessly throughout each month to make the FX Live Family Experience happen 5 times on 4 Cross Point campuses all in one morning once a month. That’s like, amazing!  I can’t wait to start digging in, dreaming and creating with these folks.  My first day on the job is this Sunday, September 12, which is also this month’s FX Live day! It’s going to be a great day!

I’m excited about this for many reasons. I’m excited to serve the families of Cross Point and be a conduit for God’s heart for strengthening and building the family. In my role as FX Director, I’ll be plugging in across the board, working closely with the Family Ministries leadership team and the FX teams at all 4 Cross Point campuses on production, content, leadership, programming, organizational, media, creative and other levels. So on one hand, it also feels amazing to once again have the opportunity to dive into something that engages so many different areas of my passions, experience and skill sets, many of which I thought I may have had to pack away and never tap into again. I also love that I’m going to get to do this and still co-lead and invest into the amazing STRETCH community group that is such a big part of my life and significant part of my story (more on that soon).

But perhaps the main reason I’m so excited and humbled by this opportunity may have less to do with the actual job than with what it actually represents for me, and that is not just resolution, but redemption.  If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you’re probably familiar with my story. This has been a year of gutting and rebuilding unlike anything I’ve ever experienced and there were a lot of painful times that I didn’t understand.  To be honest, I still don’t understand it all, but I’ll tell you what I do know: I am not the same person I was a year ago.

The more I have resigned my right to control, abandoned my entitled pursuit of the answers and chosen to surrender to the story God was writing with my life, my heart has changed.

I am grateful for every single broken moment over these past several months when I have felt like a failure… every single frustrated moment that I struggled to make sense of… every single breathless, uncertain moment when I had run out of words to say.

Those moments taught me what was in my heart.
Those moments taught me how to pry my fingers from around what I thought I deserved.
Those moments taught me how to live open handed.
Those moments taught me the value of living with the questions.
Those moments taught me that God was engaged in a passionate pursuit of my heart.

In every single one of those moments, I had a choice: to believe that my current situation was my destination or to believe that the real value of each moment was more about who I was becoming than where I was going.  It wasn’t ever without a struggle, but the more I chose the latter, the more my heart was able to exhale, release its grip on what I thought I had to have and who I thought I had to be, and the more perspective I had on what I was walking through.

God has used Cross Point and the community I’ve found there to heal my heart in so many ways.  In the relatively short time I’ve been at Cross Point I’ve had the opportunity to plug in and engage in what God is doing there on several levels and it has changed my life. Those of you who have walked closely with me over the last several months may understand this better than others, but after many months of waiting, hoping and wondering what was next, for THIS to be what was waiting for me, and to have the opportunity to invest with the Cross Point team in this way, is an incredibly redemptive chapter in my ever-evolving story in more ways than I can explain right now.

I have much more to write and share about all this, but for now I just want to say…

God is faithful…

and Let’s do this!


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49 comments
Kenny Silva
Kenny Silva

Congrats, buddy. It's been encouraging to walk along side you for these past several months. God truly is faithful and, so long as you desperately seeking Him, the struggle is always worth it.
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Shelley
Shelley

Congrats on the new job! I'm sure God will use you in mighty ways.

Amy Nabors
Amy Nabors

Congrats on the new job Grant!
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Grant Jenkins
Grant Jenkins

Thanks so much, bro! We should celebrate and go pay Jill a visit!

Grant Jenkins
Grant Jenkins

Hey Big Idea Guy, glad to be on board. While you're sitting back, relaxing and eating brownies, I'll be working my butt off. Stop by my office sometime and I'll show you how it's done.

Grant Jenkins
Grant Jenkins

Thank you so much, bro! Can't even being to express how much of a God-send your friendship and support have been this year.

Ben Reed
Ben Reed

Congrats, Grant! So excited for you to be plugging into a healthy team there at Cross Point!

Shaina Paris
Shaina Paris

I knew it! Well, I had a very strong feeling. I'm so excited for you. At this point, I don't even remember how I came across your blog, but I'm so glad that I did.

Ani
Ani

Wow! God is good and faithful. I'm so happy for you. God always knows best. Who knows this brokenness of yours He can use to glorify Him and help others. For me, I don't know if I "told" you. I started helping kids from the age of 4-8 and now I help kids from the age of 9-12. I don't always understand His ways but it's amazing how He works. I loved the younger ones but God's will was for me to help the older group. I see it as a traingingtime for what further is coming. And I started a new job this week and it's amazing how perfect it is. People don't understand how He works, me neither but it's always the best. Have a great time this Sunday.

Mpt
Mpt

Congrats. So excited for you man! :)

Denawilliams
Denawilliams

Oh how awesome, Grant...congrats! It sounds like you'll really thrive in that role. That's wonderful.

Christina Schmidt
Christina Schmidt

Congratulations!!! And how exciting to be a part of a team of such GREAT people, and ENJOY what you're doing!!!!! You'll be great!

markwebermusic
markwebermusic

Grant, ever since I met you in Buffalo, I have been thankful to know about your life...and now for this "next chapter?" Kudos and enjoy! Do you still get to chit chat with Kirk Franklin?

disneybelle627
disneybelle627

ahhhh Grant!!! I'm so excited (and slightly jealous!!) of you :) I am actually starting up on an FX team here in Iowa. It is a smaller church and this is only their 2nd year, but we are more alike than different. I'm so happy that God has blessed CrossPoint with your heart and I look forward to hearing about your journey as I continue on mine! Bridget

Beth
Beth

So incredibly, deliriously, happy for you! Way to go, God!

Now you can start writing that book I think you should be doing.....
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Breanne Mclendon
Breanne Mclendon

Grant! That is so exciting. Congrats on the new position.

Makeda
Makeda

Hey friend, I join everyone else in saying how stupid excited I am for you. I knew you would land at Crosspoint; I just wasn't sure how God would do it and I eagerly followed your story to see how he would do it. You are going to ROCK in your new position! Excited to see what God does in you and through you during this next season of your life. Congratulations my friend! It's been a hard won journey but I know the best is yet to come. Hugs and much love from the Carolinas!

Pat
Pat

Grant, you know how I feel about all this, Now let's get to WORK!!! Just kidding. Glad to have you on the team.
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Joy Fanguy
Joy Fanguy

So excited for you Grant! I am in a season similar to what you have been through recently and it inspires me to see people that come out on the other side! Gives me a little hope! So thanks for sharing :)

basher
basher

Pumped about this. Don't blow it. Haha ;)

I can't think of a better person to serve in this capacity. I've seen your heart for God and others this past few months and it has blown me away. I know you love creating engaging environments for people to connect with God and with others, this job is a great fit for you. Thanks so much for all you are allowing God to do through you bro!

Kyle Reed
Kyle Reed

Yes Yes Yes
So excited for you man. Love that you have shared your experience and story here and now to see this next chapter is awesome. Congrats man (and I am jealous)

Bethany Smith
Bethany Smith

So amazing! That is great news, indeed.
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His Girl
His Girl

Love how God orchestrated this in your life. I'm not surprised and I don't think others are as well. It was just a matter of healing and God's timing. I'm so proud of you. I look forward to what God holds in store for you in the future.

Amy Nabors
Amy Nabors

Isn't it amazing to look back and see how God is guiding every step of our ways. Congrats on the new job and I look forward to reading more about your story. Thanks so much for sharing it.
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Lindsey @ A New Life
Lindsey @ A New Life

Seriously have tears in my eyes~ so happy for you and so thankful to have been able to follow your inspiring and encouraging journey.

What a beautiful testimony of God's faithfulness in the midst of being completely broken and rebuilt on the hard road of obedience.

Your story truly gives me much needed courage to not be afraid to listen to His call on my life and obey out of trusting love, not hesitant fear.

Many, many blessings to you on this new journey!

Kelli
Kelli

I'm so excited for you & for those who God will use you to reach in your new role. Your story has really encouraged me and I look forward to reading about how God continues to use you

JennyRain
JennyRain

I KNEW IT! I knew it I knew it I knew it!!!!! I am jumping up and down in my chair right now excited for you!!!

As I watched what God was taking you through this year... and saw so much of the "breaking" happening - it was so similar to my process of switching from corporate into ministry in 2007... eerily similar actually. Anyway, my hopes and prayers for you in watching all of this was that God was - in fact - moving you into ministry because in listening to how you were cooperating with "the breaking" you just have consistently remained SOOOO teachable - which is an important quality to have in ministry. I see so many gifts in you that God is just pruning and growing and developing and KNOW that you are so perfectly suited to be a blessing in this role.

AND I AM SO STINKIN EXCITED FOR YOU!!!! Yay God and yay you!!
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Andie Wright
Andie Wright

I'm so excited for you. It has been really wonderful to see things pulling together for you this way. From the description of the job and what I've come to know of you, I think it's going to Rock on both sides.
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Lindsey
Lindsey

One of the most amazing things about getting to be in community with people is getting to see how God continues to exhibit His awesomeness, His incredible faithfulness, His sovereignty, and how true He is to His Word over and over in other people's lives. What a ridiculous, incomprehensible Love. I am so very excited for you and for the ways in which God is going to use you to advance the Gospel by helping to strengthen and serve families, but even more than that I am again amazed at who God is and how He does work all things out for our good. The story of your life is really truly speaking to the glory of God, Grant...and to me that means even more than the millions of things you do to serve our community! Praying that God would give you creativity, wisdom, boundless energy, and even more revelation of His vision for families at Cross Point! Git it, JG :-)

Jessica
Jessica

Super Excited to get to serve with you here also :) Your going to ROCK it !

JasonWert
JasonWert

Congratulations.
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jcatron
jcatron

So excited to have you an even bigger part of the team, Grant!

Nick Maestas
Nick Maestas

I know that I don't know you from Adam, but I know your story and I know that nobody is more deserving for this than you. This gives me hope that hard work, determination, and FAITHFULNESS truly pay off. Congrats twitter friend.

Bets
Bets

so excited for you Grant.... thanks for the update!

MichaelDPerkins
MichaelDPerkins

Grant, I'm really excited for you. I've followed "your story" and have come to admire your grit and honesty. I think this is crazy awesome.
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Grant Jenkins
Grant Jenkins

awwww... well-wishes all the way from Guatemala. :) Thanks, Lindsey!

Grant Jenkins
Grant Jenkins

You weren't sure how God would do it and neither was I! Would you believe that this wasn't even on my radar until a couple weeks ago??? Of course, you'd believe that, because that's how God works. :) Thank you for being such an awesome source of encouragement and support. Come visit Nashville! :)

Grant Jenkins
Grant Jenkins

Thanks Joy! So glad you were encouraged by my story.. by His story. Be encouraged! Whatever you're walking through, God's after your heart.

Grant Jenkins
Grant Jenkins

Brian, reading your comment here was really humbling. Thank you so much for your friendship, encouragement and support. It means so much to me. So blessed to have you in my life and be able to watch you work it out, own it and grow, bro.

Grant Jenkins
Grant Jenkins

Thanks, homie! See you soon? See you soon! :)

Grant Jenkins
Grant Jenkins

Jenni, I love how you are such an excited encourager! I love the phrase you used, "cooperating with the breaking". That's a lot to think about right there. Sometimes I guess I was, and other times, if I was, it was because I didn't think I had any other choice. But the truth is, I did, and still chose.

Grant Jenkins
Grant Jenkins

Lindsey, thank you so much for being such an awesome support and encouragement. He does all things well! Thank you for your prayers!

Grant Jenkins
Grant Jenkins

Nick, you're very kind, bro. It rarely looks like what we think it should, but God is faithful.

Grant Jenkins
Grant Jenkins

thanks bro! I think it's pretty crazy awesome, too!

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