We are all grateful to God for giving us John and Barri Lusk as our senior evangelist and women’s ministry leader. Since their return to Denver in 2009 (?), our church has seen continuous growth and many miracles. We are blessed with one of the most dynamic campus ministries in the US, a healthy and fruitful youth and family ministry, generous missions and HOPE worldwide support, vibrant sister churches in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, the baptisms of many new brothers and sisters in Christ, and much, much more.
The Lusks have served in the full-time ministry for over 30 years, both overseas and in several cities here in the US. Many of us may not be aware of the fact that John has a condition called Hashimoto’s disease, and that he has struggled with intense and debilitating migraines for years. While he and Barri have courageously and faithfully faced all of these challenges, they have certainly taken an emotional toll along with the daily pressure of the ministry. This past year has been perhaps the most physically challenging to date, both for John as a chronic sufferer and for Barri as a caregiver.
Recently, the elders, senior staff, and the Lusks have discussed the wisdom of having the Lusks take a sabbatical. While not a widespread practice in our fellowship, there are several examples among our sister churches of giving sabbaticals to provide rest and rejuvenation for their ministers so that they can serve even with even more passion, faith, and insight. We would like to let you know that the elders have approved a sabbatical for John and Barri that will begin on February 1 and end mid-May. They will be spending most of that time outside of Denver.
We are grateful that the Lusks have a deep love for our church and fully intend to serve in the ministry for many years to come. We regard this sabbatical time as a wise investment. It is an investment in the continued leadership of the Lusks who are so clearly gifted by God as ministers. It is also an investment in the future of the Denver church, as we will certainly be blessed by their refreshed and reinvigorated leadership going into our future.