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Earl Marshall

Starting To Figure It Out?

Today ends the second week since we left Compass.  Emotionally this week was better than the first week.  The first week was more up and down.  This week we were at a cottage for three days.  These were three days full of “space”.  At the end of the first week I had four days on my own and then I made the trek to meet Brenda for three days at the cottage.  Being physically removed from home and away from Orangeville gave my spirit and mind the freedom it needed.  It was a remarkable three days that allowed me to pull together many of the thoughts I have been having for five months about a future direction for ministry.  I call it my next 10 to 15 years.  I will be 53 this summer so if you do the math you can see that these 10 to 15 years are important years.

Over the course of the past five months I have found it challenging to focus and pray in depth about what is next while serving Compass.  Even though during these months I have talked with many about various possibilities for future ministry it was not until I was removed from the responsibility of pastoral leadership that I was able to think freely and creatively about what could be next for me.  This has been a unique experience for me in this season in my life.  In years past I would not have struggled with formulating a new future direction while serving in a ministry role but this time I have found that being uncluttered in my life has helped me in being focused and succinct.

So after two weeks, the thoughts that have been whirling around in my head for five months make a lot more sense to me.  I believe this is all God given. There is no reason for me to think otherwise.  We are praying that God would give us the desires of our hearts believing that these desires are what God desires for us.  Not our will but God’s will is what we are praying for.

I believe that the next 10 to 15 years for me/us will be dedicated to the following

Preaching and teaching God’s Word.  This is my calling and passion in life.

Encouraging and equipping church leaders and in particular the next generation of church leaders in pastoral ministry and leadership.

Doing the above while based in a local church.

I don’t know how all of this is going to work out.  Not sure if we will serve in one church or a movement of churches doing the above.  Not sure if it will be through church planting or working with an existing church.  Not sure if this will be all in place in year one of ten or something that we will grow towards.  What I do know is that this next chapter of my life is an important chapter in my life.  My prayer is if it would bring God glory and pleasure that he would use my life to do his work and bring widespread spiritual renewal to Canada within my lifetime.

Hopeful for what is next!



  1. Great to hear that God is working in you. Excited to see the where he takes you and Brenda. Thanks for being an example of faithful and obedient service to Him. You are loved!

  2. Praying for you, Earl!

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