Blogging and Me
I’ll be up front with everyone, I’ve grown to loathe the word “blog.” I’ve had so many good intentions turn to false starts and wasted hours over the past six or seven years since I’ve been on the blogging scene that the thought of giving it another shot took some real consideration. My biggest battle with blogging (sorry for the alliteration) has always been my inability to find my platform as a writer. I struggled to be inspired by anything enough to write about it and I wasn’t engaged enough in anything in my life to write about it. Recently, that changed.
Over the past three months dramatic changes have taken place in my personal, professional, and spiritual life. Enough to provide me with the justification to try this again in hopes that I can gain some clarity from the past and apply it to the future, and maybe help some others as well. I’ve been serving in church and para-church ministry for eight of the past 13 years. I’ve learned a lot and I’d like to give something back to the pro-Christians out there serving in churches and faith-based ministries, non-profits, and Christians in the private sector.
My intention is to narrow the scope of topics to three areas: church communications, professional ministry, and Christianity in private industries. I’ll throw some design, critique, and exposé into mix for a little seasoning now and then as well.
I recently took a position as the Director of Communications at my church. I’m finding it to be a remarkable fit for my unique and varied skill set. Our church is in a great pattern of growth and is at the tipping point for many of its central communications outlets. It is my job to bring those outlets up to the next level to meet the demands that the church’s growth has placed on us and to plot the course for the years ahead. I intend to document this journey here and to offer up discussion on strategy, philosophy, and more for your own application. I claim no particular expertise, only experience and willingness to learn. This is where the primary focus of the blog will be.
Warning: The church body is made entirely of humans! And so is the staff that gets paid to operate it. Professional ministry is not a walk in the park. I’d even venture to say that faith-based organizations struggle with an added dimension of missional complication simply because faith plays such an important role in their work life. I mean, how can you really “clock out” on the work of the church? I know there are stories out there just like mine, many are much worse, I’m sure! It is not my intention to rant or commiserate here, simply to gently expose the obstacles inherent in faith-based career work. From the leadership to the followship, there is work to be done, so let’s talk a little about our experience and where it is taking us.
Faith at Work
Did you catch that fancy double entendre? If you didn’t, please try again. I’ve always felt that the workplace is one of the most effective daily tests of our faith that we experience. Whether it is a public or private organization, hostile or friendly to faith, self-employment or corporate, the work we occupy ourselves with every day, and the people we encounter, offer us the most opportunities to prove and improve our faith. That’s what I mean by “faith at work.” It requires a faith at work.
A Blog for All Seasons
I have always been fascinated by the concept of journey; it’s something you’ll hear about from me quite a bit here. And God has proven faithful in every season of the journey he has me on, even when I have not. I’m at a point in my professional and personal life where I can speak to the past seasons of my life with transparency and grace. I have desired for so long to be able to put some thoughts down, to reflect, and to help others learn from my mistakes and my successes–it’s refreshing to be able to offer something back. As I look back on the road behind me, and wonder what’s ahead, I can only know for sure that God will remain faithful and that I must use what I have to help others, even if it doesn’t seem like much. So welcome to my journey.