Ministry Transition

I never thought I would be the one making announcements like this. I was the boy who lived in the same city and had no desire to leave. All of that changed when God called me into ministry. That point began a crazy adventure. Over the last 26 years, I have served 12 churches. It’s hard to believe, but I actually stayed at one of those for almost 6 years and another for almost 3 1/2. Every God-given assignment had a specific purpose. When God moved me, I moved.

I am doing that yet again. For almost 2 years, I have pastored Oasis Church in Anderson, SC. We went through a relaunch at the end of my first year. It was tough to accept when God was moving me out. There was lots I couldn’t understand. I wanted to see lots happen, but God made it clear that I’m a unifier and stabilizer. My gifts do not lend for long-haul ministry. It used to discourage me that I couldn’t see the growth that other pastors were experiencing. Now I am finally fully accepting my gifting, and I leave with great emotion because I deeply love the people of Oasis.

God confirmed this new calling in an unusual way. I didn’t send a resume. They found me and contacted me. When God began to confirm this transitional type of calling to me, I asked God to open a door that I could not deny was His hand. He did just that. So, I will be stepping back into an interim worship leader role on April 16. It will most likely last 1-2 years as this church does not have a permanent pastor nor worship leader. I’m an unusual beast who has a passion for preaching and leading worship.

I ask that you pray for me and my family as we make this new transition. Please pray too for Oasis Church. Transitions are a prime time for the devil to work, and I want to make sure I don’t give him any ammunition.

11 responses to “Ministry Transition”

  1. Lifting you up Evangelist Matthew Winters going throughout the word preaching the Gospel setting Gods House in order may God continue to bless you and your family how awesome is that Blessings Pastor Winters 🙏🏾📖🙌🏾✝️⛪️🎤🛐😇🎶🎼🎵🎹💕

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate your prayers.


  2. God is on the move! Praise his name that you are willing to move with him and for him! 🙏🙏

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    1. It seems that the ride has its twists and turns about every other year, but God makes the calls. My responsibility is to follow Him.


      1. I get it. It took him almost 3 years to get MY attention – then he moved me from NJ to TN, at the age of 66, to be a part of a mainly online church where they’re all mostly in the 20s and 30s. It’s rather amazing.

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  3. My prayers are with you and your family and Oasis church as you and they make this transition. May you have wisdom and the guidance He gives you and may you have unspeakable joy in the move from this church to another. God grant you His perfect peace and use you in a mighty way again.
    In Jesus name , Amen and Amen.

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m praying for all involved.


      1. I’m continuing to pray for all involved.

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  4. Praying for you and your family. God has you in his hands.

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