Bill & Jill’s Story
After three decades serving as church planters and local church leaders, Bill and Jill were at a crossroads. They were reaping the benefits of years of accumulated experience, but they knew it was time for a change.
Looking for greater opportunities to serve than were available to her in a local church setting, Jill was ready for a change. Bill woke up every morning more excited about the ministry that was happening outside of the local congregation he pastored than inside the church walls. They had experienced powerful works of the Spirit to heal the sick and broken in their community but desired to make that truth realized among those who had never heard.
One day, Bill was challenged by a friend: if what you are most passionate about is ministry outside the local church, why don’t you just do that? Bill had no context for what that might look like. But God told them that there was a transition coming, and that it was going to be exactly the right fit for them.
That’s when Bill and Jill were approached by CRM President Sam Metcalf. He had come to ask them if they’d lead a series of presentations on normalizing ministry in the supernatural at the all-staff conference that happens every four years. They jumped at the chance. After talking a bit more, Sam helped them put words to what they were feeling: they were apostolic (pioneering and entrepreneurial) people trying to thrive in a non-apostolic structure.
At the conference, they were surprised by the culture and mission of CRM. Jill was attracted to the opportunities available for women in leadership. They were both inspired by the many unique ministries that coexisted with the same ultimate vision to see gospel movements transform people as followers of Jesus. And the emphasis on spiritual formation and normalizing the supernatural fit right in with their passions. And then it hit them: they had found their fit. This was what the Lord had promised!
Currently, both of them provide leadership for CRM staff who work to mobilize the church around the world and are helping to lead CRM’s efforts to normalize ministry in the supernatural across the organization. In their city, they are working to see a movement of the gospel transform the youth of their community. They have also stepped into new and exciting areas of ministry. Bill’s focus is on changing the paradigm of church planting to one that begins with disciple making and results in new churches started from the harvest. He leads five teams of church planters who are multiplying across North America and Europe, impacting their cities for the gospel. Jill supports Bill in these efforts as well as works with the teams in her new role across her division with mentoring, coaching, and training. Her work with them includes a special focus on the issues and opportunities involved in multi-generational ministry.
CRM has given Bill and Jill a platform to thrive and live into their callings in powerful ways never open to them before. They are able to work as innovators of new kinds of ministry in new places, fulfilling their design as apostolic leaders for God’s mission. As a result, their years of experience and training are making an impact in the world they couldn’t have even imagined before.