It’s been awhile since I posted on this blog. As I transition into a new season of life and ministry, I’m going to re-attempt to update this blog regularly. Anyways, so much as happened since my last post, so I hope this will give you a glimpse of all the crazy transition I’ve been going through.
In short, what’s new in my life can be summarized in four words:
I feel SO blessed as I think about the fact that I’ve been working for the past two months. After only a month of job searching, God provided me with a half-time job that will allow me both go to school and do a church internship. I’m the Marketing and Resource Manager for ACCION San Diego, a secular nonprofit providing resources and micro-loans ato San Diego business owners who don’t qualify for traditional financing. This job is so much more than just a source of income, but an opportunity to really explore and learn what it means to live missionally in the workplace. I believe God is going to use my time with ACCION to teach me how to reach the lost and bring revival in cubicles. My time here so far has not only been meaningful, but super fun as I’ve built some good relationships with my co-workers.
One of the main reasons I left InterVarsity was because I wanted to commit more time to seminary. This year I will be taking 3-4 classes a quarter with the hope that I could graduate in 2014 (2 years). Although I’m nervous about my capacity to both work and take so many classes, I am motivated to get done with school so I can move onto my plans to church plant.
An important component of the M. Div. program is the professional internship, as it allows the seminarian to apply what he or she is learning to a real life ministry context. I will be starting the pastoral internship this year with my church Coast Vineyard. My developmental goals for the internship include: continuing to grow in my teaching gifts and solidify my theological convictions, experiencing and being exposed to aspects of ministry that I couldn’t experience in IV (baptisms, marriage counseling, church government, etc.), and preparing myself to church plant.
I’ve felt called to church plant in the Bay Area since highschool. Though many interests and passions have changed through the years, my call to plant has oddly (perhaps soverignly) remained constant. Although this is still 3-4 years away, I feel that God is inviting me to intentionally pursue this call in this season. I’m not only trying to finish school, but intentionally seeking out resources, mentors, and Bay Area networks. I’m also praying for new ministry partners, while maintaining the relationships I already have (yes, you). This includes not only seeking prayer support, but continuing to seek financial support as well. Yes. You read that correctly. I’m going to continue to fundraise. **More on this here.
I hope this gives you a good glimpse of all the exciting things going on for me. I think my biggest worry in this season is not having the time to do everything I need to do. If you want to chat more about what’s happening, I would love to talk! Just let me know.