The Life of JaWS

A blog by Jason Sansbury

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Vince Young, Lendale White and...JASON SANSBURY?

Well, I am pleased to announce that like Mr. Young and Mr. White, I will be re-locating to the lovely area of Nashville, TN. In fact, I will soon be moving my stuff but I have already started at my new job. And, no, it isn't playing defensive lineman for the mighty Tennessee Titans.

I am proud to say that after much prayer, preparation and thinking on the part of the church and myself, I am the new director of youth ministries for Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Franklin, TN. It is going to be a wonderful partnership and ministry that I think will last long into the future. While my signing bonus will be significantly less than Vince's and Lendale's, the fulfillment of knowing you are in the right place at the right time will be fantastic.

Here are some of the reasons that I chose Bethlehem over some other offers.
1. The work that they have done with Youth Ministry Architects has been outstanding in preparing them for the years to come.
2. The commitment that the search team had in trying to find an experienced person with a lifelong call to work with teenagers. That most definitely fits me and I am excited about being here for a long, long time.
3. The church itself is a very good church with an excellent sense of balance. It is working hard to do many things well and I am excited to be the leader that helps them bring youth ministry up to the level of excellence that some of the other ministries has.
4. The staff is very strong. Many have served here for many years and they are comfortable with each other and their gifts.
5. I never got the sense that the church, the search committee or anyone else was comparing itself to another church. They want to be faithful to who they are and how God is using them. That is unbelievably attractive given where I was.

So thanks to everyone who offered prayers and wishes. I am excited to be here, to delve into a new conference and see what God has in store for me and the folks who will be partnering with me in ministry!


At 11:02 AM , Blogger clave said...

But how quickly can you get tickets to see the Titans?

At 12:26 PM , Blogger Algernon said...

So when do I move up there?

At 7:03 AM , Anonymous Turff said...

Newnan's loss, Franklin's gain. I'm sure Franklin has figured this out by now, and sadly, most of Newnan knew it back in May.

Congrats on the next step in God's journey for you.

BTW, I haven't seen a Titans game yet (or Falcons for that matter). How sad is that?

At 9:17 AM , Blogger SLY said...

Congrats man. I grew up in TN and actually worked at Bethlehem for 3 months while in college. It's great church and town. I'm only sad that now I'm in NC and we can't hang out. Any questions about the TN Conference and I'll be glad to answer though. That's where I encountered some of the stuff you were talking about from Ga.

At 10:08 AM , Blogger Jason Sansbury said...

So on the Titan ticket front. There is an unsubstantiated rumor that I may be getting 50 yard line tickets for the August 26th preseason game against the Falcons in honor of my birthday, the next day. Could be sweet.

At 6:22 AM , Blogger SLY said...

Any seat in the house at the Titans game is a good one! I've been there many times. Just trying to get to a Panthers game now!


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