I’ve noticed a trend. After recently donning some new leadership and life roles, many good-natured folks have inquired about what I’ve done with my life lately (besides create the illusion of a perpetual chaotic furor). What you’re reading is one attempt towards bucking this trend.
I believe good leaders tell stories. While I don’t have the strongest track record for consistent updates on Facebook or Twitter, I’m planning to regularly carve out time to tell stories here of what God is up to in my life and ministry. Here goes.
Four big things began in my life between July and October of 2012.
- July: Youth Ministry. I was called to join the staff a parachurch organization called Muncie Area Youth for Christ (YFC) as the coordinator for a “Campus Life” ministry in the Muncie Central High School community.
- August: Church Leadership. After three years of serving First Baptist Church of Muncie as a worship arts director, I was called to serve as an associate pastor, broadening my previous leadership role to include outreach ministry.
- September: Parenthood. My wife and I met Hannah Joy, an amazing new person who is also our first child. Three words: Beautiful. Scary. Hilarious.
- October: Education. For the grand finale of my journey through an M.Div. with Northern Seminary, I began a chaplaincy internship with the gifted staff in the spiritual care department at Ball Memorial Hospital.
These new commitments have presented me with some exciting and formidable challenges. I’ve been humbled by the patience and grace friends around me have extended as I work to balance these commitments out. I hope that, as I tell my story and how God is working through it, you will see him moving in your own life, in our community, and maybe even the world. Peace!