The End of An Era

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My contract with ChurchLeaders.com is ending.

Five years ago when Crossroads had to make some painful budget cuts and had to reduce my position in Student Ministry to part-time status, I was seeking supplemental income to keep food on the table. I had no clue what to do. I literally prayed for a few weeks for provision and soon my phone rang. My friend, Mark Oestreicher, called me.  I’ll never forget it.  I was doing some ministry work in Philadelphia at the time and he called and told me about a position he wanted to recommend me for. It was a position as editor for a new site that was launching called ChurchLeaders.com.  They were actually looking for their first editor and he said “I think you’re the guy for the job.”  What I didn’t tell Marko was that I had actually been told in college by my professors that I had the worst writing style they had ever seen.  As you can imagine, my confidence in writing since then has been low.  I’ve always been insecure about it, actually.  For this guy (Marko) to see something in me that I didn’t see in myself made all the difference.

I took 3 days to think about the position.  Why in the world would “I” even attempt to apply? Worst. Writer. Ever… I told myself.  Then, I thought, why not?  So I applied. I went through a series of interviews, took a battery of tests, and boom — God gave me that contract.
My confidence grew. And just 3 years later, I wrote a book.  I’ve never looked back. I’m working on my next book too.

In the last couple of months, I’ve felt in my gut that my work with CL would end. I didn’t like that idea (and still don’t). But it’s time to move on.  I have no clue what I’m going to do next (a part from doing Student Ministry, blogging, and yes — resourcing and mentoring youth workers through my coaching network and the new Podcast).  So it’s the end of an era for me.  I’m saying goodbye to my ChurchLeaders family. There’s something different in store for me. As you can imagine, I hate not knowing what that something is… but just as crazy as the events unfolded 5 years ago, there’s a new story about to be written.

Thanks you for your prayers for the journey ahead.