Ministry | Leaving or Staying | Part 5 Leaving

Ministry | Leaving or Staying | Part 5 Leaving

Just yesterday I officially finished up a job I’d loved for the past eight years. When Jenna and I realized that God was moving us into a new chapter, we made a conscious decision that we would leave well. The church had been so good to us, the least I could do was...

Ministry | Leaving or Staying | Part 4 (Updated)

Thriving in the Land of Between When I first moved out to Grand Rapids to attend seminary, I took a job at a Christian publishing house. I know I was never going to stay. As much as I enjoyed my work and became friends with the people around me, the job was temporary,...
Ministry | Leaving or Staying | Part 2 (updated)

Ministry | Leaving or Staying | Part 2 (updated)

Knowing Your Call I was never supposed to work at a church. No, really. NEVER. I studied theater and elementary education because I was going to art direct a children’s theater. That was the plan. Plans changed. Life happened. I was on a trajectory and the coordinates...
Ministry | Leaving or Staying | Part 1 (Updated)

Ministry | Leaving or Staying | Part 1 (Updated)

Yesterday a woman came up to me and reintroduced herself. I knew her face, but couldn’t place from where. She helped me out, “I used to attend _________ church?” Yes, of course. She was a prominent volunteer in children’s ministry and had attended several events in...

Orange | Jud Wilhite | Entering the Mess

Jud Wilhite opened his Orange talk with this challenge: “Go back to the moment where you first truly encountered God. Remember where he’s called you to…remember how much grace, how much mercy he’s shown you… show that to others.” This thought has stuck with me since...

Orange | Session 1 | Andy Stanley

OK, let’s be honest, who doesn’t like Andy Stanley? A friend of mine actually said the words, “Andy Stanley is my Justin Bieber!” Andy has so much to speak into church leaders. Tonight was no different. Andy presented the crowd with a great...

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