What's Next for the Croatt Family?

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What has the past year as an intern looked like?

croatt family correct sizeTwo years ago (when we first started attending SGC), I approached Pastor Rick and asked if he’d be willing to take me under his wing and teach me some things as a young man aspiring towards pastoral ministry – he agreed. At that time, we began meeting bi-weekly, and this eventually evolved into an internship for the duration of this past year. In sum, the past year has been sweet!

We live a block away from the church offices in Burnsville, so every Tuesday and Thursday I’ve been able to walk over to the offices in order to fulfill the internship requirements:

Tuesdays have included sitting in on elder meetings (discussions on member care, prayer, theological book discussions, etc.), staff meetings (Sunday service review, planning for the week ahead, strategic/operational discussions, etc.) and a variety of other activities.

Thursdays have included primarily assisting Pastor Shawn with all things church planting – everything from choosing a church logo, to applying to become a government-recognized 501c3, to formulating a preliminary budget, to drafting a church plant prospectus. As a result, I can’t wait to see this church get off the ground and begin to flourish; I’m excited to see where it goes!

Additionally, my wife and I have been able to attend the Sovereign Grace National Conference in the Fall of 2017, and the Regional Marriage Retreat this Spring – both awesome events!

Where are we headed?

On July 1st, I’ll be launching into ministry at Westosha Lakes Church in Salem, WI. My primary responsibilities include overseeing discipleship (small groups, adult education), leading Sunday service teams (ushers, greeters, etc.), and preaching occasionally. As a family, we’re excited to be moving back home (WI), but it has become increasingly bittersweet the more we think about what we’re leaving behind here. Our time at Bethlehem Seminary + Sovereign Grace Church has been rich! Burnsville has by far been our favorite place that we’ve lived! We feel surrounded by an excess of friends and have grown to love everything about this season of life! It’s sad to think it’s coming to an end…

How can the church be praying?

  • I have the privilege of preaching at SGC on Sunday, May 27th. I’m planning to invite several of our neighbors who we’ve spent the past 2 years building relationships with. Pray they’d come; pray they’d hear the gospel.
  • We are planning to move to WI towards the end of June, but we still don’t have a place to go. We’ve been scanning the housing market for months now and nothing has come to fruition. Pray we’d find a place to rent or buy ASAP.

P.S. If I could, I’d love to publicly thank Pastors Jon, Rick, and Shawn. Mere words won’t be able to express how thankful I am for each of you, but thank you for your counsel, your encouragement, your prayers, and your time. Thank you for all of your sermons, as well as our impromptu conversations. Thank you for investing in me (and consequently in God’s mission to glorify himself by making disciples). I am excited to give myself wholeheartedly to that end, and feel even more equipped to do so as a result of my time with you guys. Know that the last year we’ve spent together has been true discipleship – I’ve observed much, learned much, and been chiseled much. Know that you’ve had a profound shaping influence on my life.