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When Will God Save the People?

When Will God Save the People?

I need to confess: sometimes student ministry and pastoral church work in general kicks my rear end. I wrote last January 2013 about a significant time when I hit the 18-month wall in ministry, a make-or-break time for many student pastors in the field. You can read that post here. And now, I feel like I am going through another transitional season in ministry. 

Every year or so, given the rhythm of ministry and programs, along with natural breaks in seasons, I hit these walls when I rightly re-evaluate and re-think my current call to ministry. I believe that these times of reflection need to happen for long-term continuation in ministry, as well as for spiritual and ministerial growth. And most of the time, I negotiate these walls with confidence and vision. 

But I must confess that the last few weeks have hit me harder than usual this time.

A Perspective Shift on My Philosophy of Ministry

A fellow Student Pastor often says, "No one can love a kid in your youth group better than their parent."

Theoretically, I absolutely agree - without any hesitation! The parent is the key influencer in the life of her or his child through adulthood. This core principle is the bedrock of my personal philosophy of ministry, and one in which I have continued to harp to my parents, staff, and volunteer leaders (along with anyone else who would listen).

As much as I believe in this, however, I must confess that I did not fully understood the ramifications of it personally until I witnessed the birth of my first child, Hannah Grace, on January 27, 2014.

The 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make in Setting Goals

Fitting title for the first day of the year. Whether today marks the beginning of new goals or simply another day in your week, everyone sets goals at some point during the rhythms of their life and desires to achieve them. 

I follow a guy named Michael Hyatt, who writes about leadership and productivity on his blog michaelhyatt.com. You can also find him on Twitter at @michaelhyatt Recently, he posted on his blog a short article titled "The 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make in Setting Goals." 

I read it and found it so helpful personally that I sought permission to post it on my site for you to read as my first post of the new year.

7 Reasons Why I Chose Squarespace Over Wordpress

I took the plunge and haven't looked back. 

I created my first Wordpress self-hosted website in December 2009 at the recommendation of one of my seminary professors. She made the argument that a personal website would make myself more marketable to find a job. A couple of my close friends had created websites - mostly for blogging - so I decided to leap off the cliff, too, and see where it could take my job hunt. Plus, it's kind of fun saying that I have my own personal website. Thus, I found my own hosting service, set it up myself, and uploaded a free template to design it. Remarkably, my website did help me land my first job, and I've been using my website as a means of writing and exercising my creative, theological, and ministerial muscle ever since. 

But I must confess: I literally have logged thousands of hours using Wordpress, studying it, and developing mastery of it - only to still feel frustrated and unsatisfied at the limited options for guys like me who don't know code. Everything from exploring themes, finagling templates, updating software, installing plug-ins, you name it! 

On Life and Blogging

There are seasons of life when margin shrinks way back.

You know what I mean. The kind of seasons when life sort of takes on a 'life' of its own. Manageable tasks become unmanageable. The calm of daily rhythms and regular seasons become disjointed and unpredictable. 

Certain seasons of life shrink our margin of productivity. But it's during these times that God prepares us for new growth.

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That pretty much sums up my Fall. 

Reflecting Kolkata - One Month Later

One month after Kolkata, I feel more burdened than ever to simply share our story with as many people as possible.

Before we arrived at Kolkata, I recall telling our team to prepare for the shock of re-entry. Many had never left North America, let alone step foot onto the Asian sub-continent. I felt a hunch deep within me that our return home would be tougher than anyone of us could imagine.