Dear Harvest Rock Church Family,
In the middle of these strange and unsettled times, God is at work. In the wider
church there has been a re-examining of what it means to be followers of Jesus
beyond “attending services.” In this nation, there has been an awakening to see
that not all people are treated as if made equal and that the church has often been
complicit in this. At Harvest Rock, during a time of constriction, there has been an
expansion as new congregations have been established. No doubt, there is much
more that God is doing that we do not see, which (in the words of Habakkuk) if God
told us, we would not believe it.
One of the ways that God has been at work is in the establishing of times and
seasons for my own journey. During our season of corporate prayer and fasting last
summer, Vicky and I had already experienced a natural change of season as we
became empty nesters. Since then I have continued to seek and wait on the Lord for
direction, re-orientation and clear vision for my own life. In the waiting, I have aimed
at being diligent to continue putting my hand to what I have been given. It has often
been difficult. I have often felt unsettled. Things that have been anchors no longer
offered stability. The intensity of this present season has only served to accelerate
the sense of urgency of needing to hear from the Lord.
And then this month, I had a “suddenly”… In the midst of my discomfort, I sensed
the Lord speak clearly in response to my seeking, that my season serving as a
Pastor at Harvest Rock is over and I am to prepare for a new season.
I shared this with Papa Ché this week and in obedience to the Lord’s leading have
formally submitted my resignation from my role. Vicky and I are in full unity about
this decision. Papa Ché has been very gracious and supportive, for which I am truly
I am doing what I have seen our Senior Pastor model for us so many times during
my time at Harvest Rock: trust the Lord, listen for His voice, and obey when He
speaks. I know that God orders our steps (often revealing just one step at a time)
and always invites us to trust Him. We have walked this path before. It is the call to
discipleship—to put down what we are doing and to follow Christ’s call to us.
Please pray for your amazing Pastors and Leaders as they now have to adapt yet
again. They need your support and encouragement in this season.
Vicky and I are incredibly thankful for every person that we have had the privilege
to work alongside, to pastor, encourage, teach, listen to, pray for, laugh and cry
with over the last 10 years. Thank you for the impact you have each made on our
lives as you have allowed the Jesus-in-you to be made visible to us. You have
enriched us and we have often marveled together at what the Lord has done. We
have so many testimonies of God’s goodness.
Personally, I would like nothing more than to hug a long line of people as we
say farewell, but there is a season for everything… a time to embrace and a time to
refrain from embracing. In this season, even saying “farewell” is going to look
different, hence this letter to you all.
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the
great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with
everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his
sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews
With our love and gratitude,
Matt & Vicky Dunn