A new season for our church…

Jared HuckstepDaily Word

On Sunday, the leadership team of Indy Metro announced that after a 6+ month season of our church praying together that we have discerned that the Lord is leading us to move the Sunday Morning Gathering to a new location. To read more about this, click here.


Personally, as I have reflected these last few days with this decision now made and no longer looming over our head, I have seen anew the journey that the Lord has had me on this past decade. I shared on Sunday that the overwhelming feeling that as fallen on my spirit over the past 6 months of prayer has been as a sense of deep, abiding peace. This feeling is not new to me.

As I have reflected on other times in my life that this feeling has been present after a season of prayer, what has become absolute clear is how the Holy Spirit says “yes” to me.


When I prayed about asking my wife, Cari, to marry me… deep, abiding peace.

When Cari and I prayed about moving out of the suburbs to the eastside, among the people of our church… deep, abiding peace.

When Cari and I prayed about having someone from the church live with us for a season, allowing them to stay in Indianapolis instead of move… deep, abiding peace.

When I prayed about leaving the classroom after 11 years of teaching in order to become a full-time pastor… deep, abiding peace.

When Cari and I prayed about becoming foster parents… deep, abiding peace.

When Pastor Aaron accepted the position at Elevate, placing me in the position of shouldering more leadership… deep, abiding peace.


I cannot say with certainty what God has in store for us as we take this journey together; however, as I reflect on all of the remarkable changes that have occurred in my heart and in my life from these other significant moments that I mentioned above, I am filled with absolute wonder and excitement. Over the course of the past 10 years, God has literally remade me into a completely different person through acts of faith confirmed by deep, abiding peace. I sincerely believe that God is on the move in our church. God is doing something in our midst in order to reveal Himself more fully to us. I fully expect that we will look back in awe and marvel at how differently we see the world – how differently we see the Gospel – because of this act of faith confirmed by deep, abiding peace.

I am filled with nervous energy thinking about who we will be as a church in 3 years. As we prepare to use this new space as a resource for living our daily lives with God on mission… As we prepare to dwell among people of diversity, both racially and socio-economically, what will the Lord reveal to us about who He is and how He loves? How will we understand Ephesians 2:10 differently?

“We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

Indy Metro Family… I am overwhelmed with all the work that needs to be done, but most of all, I am cherishing this moment with you, aware that God is up to something. Will you dream with me about who God is remaking you to be in this season?

Serving with you,

Pastor Jared