There are very few things that are a definite in life: taxes, death, gravity, calories… and then there’s ‘change’.

Change is one of those constants that not only helps us grow, but allows us, through that growth, to build character. There’s a popular saying that we often hear ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it?’ – and in a lot of cases that’s true; but if we truly followed this rule, we’d always be content with maintaining the status quo, accepting ‘just okay’ or a mediocre result rather than looking at ways that we could improve. This is why I love being a part of City on a Hill; we have a passion for seeing lives changed and transformed by the power of God – ‘to know Jesus, and to make Jesus known’.

Over the past 4 and a half years, I’ve had the privilege to serve alongside an amazing group of men and women who have had a passion to serve and love on God’s people at City on a Hill. In that time we’ve seen changes in service venues and times, changes to office venues, and by God’s grace, changes in number of services (from 1 to now 3 and a church plant in Geelong to come). All of this has been a part of seeing God’s Kingdom here in Melbourne. Early on, we could have just settled with a little vision – but God had bigger plans for His church and continues to have BIG plans for City on a Hill as we keep seeking after Him.

So, why all this talk about change?

Over the past couple of months both my wife Sharon and I have being thinking through changes in our lives, specifically in relation to my health. Those who know me well will know that the last 24–36 months, from the perspective of my health, have been very trying. Unfortunately, my health has deteriorated fairly rapidly over the last 6 months. As a typical male, we try to downplay these things and take the macho mentality, thinking ‘she’ll be right’. That is, until reality sinks in and you realise that recovery time seems to take so much longer. In our praying and seeking God for how to deal with recovery and ultimately healing, we have decided it would be best for me to step back from my role as Music Pastor at City on a Hill. I will be transitioning out of my role at the end of May. This decision doesn’t come lightly, and has taken months of prayer and discussions with those close to us. Both Sharon and I have felt amazingly supported, encouraged and protected by Guy and the Pastors here at City on a Hill. Although there is relief in being able to step back and take time to heal, there is also great sadness in this.

Please know that our intention is to step back, not step out of City on a Hill. We love God’s church here, and feel this is still our home. In time we will continue to serve in some way.

So we take great joy in this change of season for both Shaz and I, along with City on a Hill and praise God that he has this all in His Hands.

“On behalf of the City on a Hill pastors we’d like to thank Nik and Shaz Mimilo for their tireless service for Jesus and His church at City on a Hill. After serving us for so long, we’d love for you to join us in serving them by lifting them up in prayer and thanks as they enter this new season. We thank God for them, and trust He will continue to carry, comfort, strengthen and protect them on the road ahead.” – Guy Mason (Lead Pastor)

Author: Nik Mimilo
Published: 22 Mar 2013

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