Monday, June 3, 2019

Pushing Pause...

It has been almost six years since my first cancer attack that landed me in a small hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania. Since then I have undergone more than half a dozen different forms of chemotherapy, had countless x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. Most recently spent six months receiving infused, targeted radiation treatment (PRRT). During this time I have kept working full time, thanks to the gracious and flexible schedule afforded me by the Office of New Faith Communities of the NC Conference. Working with spiritual entrepreneurs and churches discerning how to create new places for new people to be invited into communion with Christ has been the most important work of my ministry. I am thankful for Bishop Hope Morgan Ward who invited me into the office; Jeff Severt, former
director; and now Rev. Greg Moore, the current NFC director, and Jill Murphy, the miracle working assistant, who are a joy to work with.

After several months of prayerful discernment with my family, and in consultation with my oncologist, I have decided to take medical leave for at least a year to allow me some time for physical recovery. All of the treatments have taken a toll, as you can imagine, and drastically reduced my stamina and endurance. If I am going to continue to “run the race” that is before me I need to find a way to create some margin. My medical leave will begin July 1, 2019.

While I am “pushing pause” on working full time, I do not consider myself out of the game. In addition to working on my physical health, I hope to return to writing regularly. I will continue to do some personal and congregational coaching on a limited basis. I will also accept occasional speaking invitations (especially at the mountains or the beach…LOL). I am not sure what direction God will lead me during the coming season of reflection and renewal, I am simply trusting that each step will be revealed as I follow God’s leading.

Thank you for your continued prayer and support.

Live Passionately,

Dr. Marty J. Cauley

P.S. Keep an eye on my blog, for updates, insights, and my speaking schedule.

1 comment:

.dlparker49 said...

You definitely need and deserve a sabbatical/rest. I will continue to pray for you daily. Would love to have you come back to visit New Song sometime. We are close to the beach. Looking forward to another book as well.