Change (verb): to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.

I must be honest. I am usually not a fan of change. It’s easy to get set in a routine or a way of doing something and get comfortable. It’s hard to break the cycle and set the course of life in a different direction. Change is sometimes painful. It’s sometimes uncomfortable and it’s sometimes against what you’ve always thought or known. But there are so many times in life where change is needed. There are so many things we would miss out on if we were not willing to change. Change can be necessary. Change can be good.

My husband and I met on the campus of Central Bible College as we prepared for ministry through quality training and education. As a student, I always thought that I would seamlessly enter into local church ministry after graduation. However, graduation came and went. And here we were. Ready and willing for something to change. Ready for transition into a full-time pastorate. But we were stuck. The timing wasn’t right.

The past year and a half has been a struggle for us. What do you do when you want to transition but nothing falls into place? How do you hold onto the promises God has for you when everything that you have had as your idea for your future is not going as planned? What do you do when you want change, but you know that forcing something to happen can be even more damaging than leaving it alone?

I had no idea how to answer these questions.

But even though I didn’t know, God continued to show me that He is faithful. That even though the plans that I had in my mind were not going as planned, that He had something better in mind.

The waiting process was hard because I felt like nothing was changing. Sometimes I felt like almost like a nasty, stagnant, bug-infested pond. But what I didn’t realize then was that during the waiting process, when you feel like nothing is happening, that is when the most change is taking place. That is when we have to dig deep and realize that, when we are still, when we are waiting for something to happen that is beyond our control, God is at work. He is doing the changing. He is preparing, and He is equipping. He is being faithful.

Jon and I are so excited to announce that we have accepted a full-time youth pastor position at Claremore Assembly of God. We are excited for everything that the future holds…but, now that change is happening, we are also saddened to have to say goodbye to everything we have known and loved for the past several years. Change is hard. Change is painful. But I know that we are ready. And I know that God is faithful.

Thank you for supporting Jon and I during this transition. My posts during our transition may become fewer at first, but I will be back with some awesome blog posts in the coming months! To keep up with what we are doing during our transition, please like “Jen Stem Photography” on facebook!



  1. Wilma   •  

    Be praying for my sweet grandchildren, God is in control, He will be with you, love u both!

  2. Jennifer Gibson   •  

    I am so proud of you and Jon! I pray that God blesses you beyond measure as you transition. May you be a light for every youth and young person you come in contact with. You will be missed, but our prayers are with you.

    • Jen Stem   •     Author

      Thanks so much! Will def. be missing you too!

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