A Grateful Farewell

Dear Christ Community Church Family,

Throughout my life whenever I have experienced monumental changes it has inevitably come at a time that feels too soon. The truth is, we are never really ready for change. But God calls and we respond. Sometimes with the full assurance that we are loved and held by him, and at other times finding ourselves asking only for the desire to want to want to please him as we watch our passions and opportunities come together and define a calling.

The personal passions and opportunities God has been placing in front of me have begun to evolve over the last few years into something unexpected and yet greatly rewarding. I have found a great passion for working in the recovery community as well as writing and speaking about my own experience with addiction and alcoholism. Recovery and working with individuals who struggle as I have has taught me who I really am. I am always humbled by those who will break their silence to me in order to get the help they desperately need.

With the arrival of David Cassidy in May of 2014 we began a healthy new trajectory here at Christ Community and one that I have enjoyed participating in with him. David is a bold leader and he has pulled us out from under some very stuck places as a church family. I believe David has a large vision for where God is leading CCC and what she is to become. With the addition of Charles and Ken we are experiencing even more fresh perspectives and observations as well. It will be exciting to see how God uses this new leadership team to move this church forward.

Sadly, and yet with great peace I have to tell you that I will not be continuing on as part of that team in the same capacity that I have been for the last twenty years. I am resigning my position as Director of Worship/Arts Ministries with Sunday, August 7, 2016 being my final Sunday as a staff member of CCC.

I cannot put into words what this community has meant to me, and my family. You have walked with us in some of the deepest waters that life can roll in. You have shown me grace and compassion in some of my hardest and darkest days. You have encouraged me when I was ready to throw in more than the towel, and your kindness will always be your legacy to me as a church family.

At fifty-five years old I am starting from scratch and embarking on an entirely new career. This is all in its infancy and none of it has a salary attached to it as of now. So, I am trusting heavily in what God has put before me in the way of passion and opportunity. Bridging the gap between the recovery community and the church is long overdue and I believe it is something that only those of us who have walked that road can usher in. I am pursuing certification as an addiction and peer recovery coach and will be seeing clients and families that need additional work maintaining their sobriety and following a care plan, many of whom having spent months in treatment. I plan to be working out of a counseling group in Brentwood as well as with some exciting new endeavors here at Christ Community spearheaded by Cindy Blom in the area of training care leaders, group recovery work, and recovery coaching. I covet your prayers as I move into this new season.

I’ve often said that life is like going to the prom and finding out that it ends at 10pm instead of midnight. We always think we will have more time together. But, be that as it may, it has been a privilege to dance with you, share my gifts with you, and be shaped and molded by you for two decades.

Lastly, I have to say that I have had the honor of working with some of the most talented people on the planet in this job. As much as I’ve enjoyed their immense musical gifts I have been blessed beyond measure by their extremely generous hearts. You are a blessed congregation to have such people who serve you weekly for no pay, simply because they love Jesus, and because they want to usher you into a life of worship. This will be like leaving my children but I know that they will continue to be in very good hands.

Pray for me, as I will you. I truly love you and will look forward to seeing where this dance takes all of us.

Blessings to you all! I love you dearly.

David Hampton