Second-Cousin In-Law (Once-removed)

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Pastor is an odd word. I hear it on a near-daily basis in the Christian world, but I rarely stop and think about what it actually means. Wikipedia tells me that pastor comes from pascere, a Latin word for shepherd, and I’ve surely heard it equated as such many times. That said, I feel many modern pastors never get the chance to truly walk out the life of a shepherd. With live video-casts, online sermons, and e-Bibles…with many churches boasting hundreds or thousands of members…our modern-day shepherds often have their hands full.

In that vein, I know of few pastors who had their hands as full as David Huskins. As the presiding bishop of the International Communion of Charismatic Churches, he oversaw a flock spanning dozens of countries, thousands of ministries, and millions of members, all from his relatively humble church in rural Cedartown, Georgia.

Tragically, David Huskins was found dead in his home on Monday, August 25, 2014. Four incredible children and a loving family, of which I have been honored to be a part of, survive him.  As of now, I know little of the circumstances. I’m sure details will be forthcoming in the days that follow, as will countless stories, articles, and testimonies to David’s public ministry. However, I feel moved to share a little of the private ministry that many never saw, as a means of honoring this man who had more impact on my life than most could ever know.

The top priority of a shepherd, as I see it, is to protect his sheep. He is to ensure the safety of creatures that are, as Robert Robinson put it so eloquently, prone to wander. Thousands…perhaps millions…could attest to David’s knowledge of scripture, his strong teaching, and his willingness to say what needed to be said. These are all strong pastoral giftings, and his congregation was blessed to have them. However, I had the privilege of seeing beyond that…of directly witnessing the protective, fatherly heart that drove David…even at a relatively young age…to pursue me.

It still amazes me that this father?…no…uncle?…no…close cousin?…nope…try second-cousin in-law once-removed…there it is…could care for me and invest in me like he did. David and his wife Michelle hosted me at their home for multiple weeks over my childhood summers, and I have vague but wonderful memories from those days. I remember the tiny shofar (ram’s horn trumpet) that was reserved for me to sound. I remember spending time at the Victory 91.5 offices (David was on the air there for a while), listening to their vast collection of Adventures in Odyssey tapes when I got bored. I remember falling asleep to the sound of my shoes bumping around in the dryer (are you even supposed to dry shoes…and what was I doing that got them so wet anyway?). I remember feeling left out when I didn’t get a gum ball for using the toilet while their oldest son was potty-training (I was probably 5 or 6 at the time and definitely didn’t deserve it)…and then feeling awesome when I was given one anyway. My family tells me of others I’ve forgotten (I was apparently wont to follow David pace for pace as he walked around the room preparing sermons).

I was a very shy child…a restrained child. I was quiet and tended to stick to myself. However, when I was around David Huskins, that all changed. I ran all over Cedar Lake Christian Center…hid behind the altar kneelers, climbed up in the chairs on stage, and ran down the long staircase to the backstage bathroom (and it was a loooong staircase). Thinking back, it was all pretty irreverent. However, even if I had understood that at the time, I don’t think I would have cared. When David was near…I felt really, truly safe. I think it was because I was loved…perhaps as near perfectly as a boy can be on this earth. It was living proof of I John 4:18…perfect love truly does cast out all fear.

I think my clearest memories are from the day of my mother’s wedding…or my aunt’s wedding…or any other family wedding…or any other family gathering for that matter. Despite the long drive from west Georgia and his busy schedule, David took part in most every family gathering and significant event…and he was a treasure to have around. He could easily dominate a room, but tended to just speak when necessary, which was fine as his wit was sharp enough for two…or three. That said, he was often still near the center of attention, given that he officiated most every wedding, prayer, baptism, or game of pass-the-blessing that arose. David truly was a mainstay of my childhood.

The most important investment David ever made in me was in my spiritual development. David Huskins read me scripture…David Huskins prayed with me and for me…and after I accepted Jesus, David Huskins baptized me. Even in the latter years when I saw him less and less, I still was blessed by the insights on living a covenant life from his books and the process of discipleship from sermons like “A Diamond in the Rough.” I truly believe, like his namesake, that David Huskins was a man after God’s heart. Years before prayer rooms began springing up across the U.S. thanks to the work of international organizations like 24/7, David Huskins had a prayer tower at his church, and David Huskins frequented that prayer tower.

As often befits a man of his influence and calling, David’s life and ministry were, regrettably, not without controversy, and I suspect that his passing may bring its own brand. My hope and prayer is that in the coming days, any such controversy would take a back seat in light of the hope and faith that God brought to so many through David’s life. In 2008, David spoke powerfully about the desire to leave a legacy (http://bit.ly/1p7MT8J – starting at about the 1:20 mark). While I cannot speak to the legacy of his children or his church, I can truly say from personal experience that David loved one of the least of these…me…a shy second-cousin in-law once-removed…about as well as a child could be loved. Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 that when we do that, we are really loving Him. Had he never preached even a single sermon, David Huskins would have still been counted as the best pastor I ever had the privilege of being shepherded by due to the love that he showed me and the feeling of hope and safety that it provided. If that’s not a legacy, I don’t know what is.

My heart breaks with his loss, but my heart is filled with hope as well, for John 12:24  says “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” The Christian life is a path to death, that in and through death we may find life in Christ.

Presidential Inaugurations, Sodom and Gamorrah, and the Faith of Abraham

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This past week has seen a lot of controversy surrounding the presidential inauguration. What it basically comes down to is that a certain Christian minister was asked to give the invocation, and later stepped down from doing so amidst controversy about a sermon he gave 20 years ago regarding homosexuality. I’m not going to give it any more press than that. If you haven’t heard, you can read the story on any major news outlet. That’s not my purpose here.

It seems that this is one of the core issues of our time, and is seen as such from every side. I  have tried to avoid wading into this arena due to the messiness of it, but I have one simple observation tonight that I’d like to share. It’s a point of conviction for me, and one I think could be for the church as a whole. Regardless of one’s view of Christianity, regardless of which side of the debate one is on, one has to do something with what the Bible says about homosexuality. Some adhere to historical orthodoxy and hold that same-sex sex is a sin (like any other). Some re-interpret scripture in light of culture and the times and therefore reject that it is a sin. It seems that often both sides stop at this point and go on with their lives. To me, however, there is a burning question that must be answered. What do we do next? Some say we should fight a culture war. Perhaps they’re right. Some say we should advocate. Perhaps they’re right. However, in the midst of the turmoil, I believe beyond any doubt that Christians are called to pray. Scripture actually provides an extremely clear illustration of the call to prayer for this issue in particular, and I feel it wise for the church to heed it.

I don’t know that anyone “likes” the story of Sodom and Gamorrah. It’s messy, confusing, and really tragic. It’s also at the epicenter of many of the debates about the sinfulness of same-sex sex. A lot of people can’t come to terms with God directly destroying cities due to unrighteousness. However, I think I can kinda understand it. You see, Genesis 19 tells the story, and to me, the key verse is 13…where an angel explains to Lot that “we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.” I’m sure all of us hope we will never come to a place of crying out to such a degree that destruction happens, but I know that I’ve seen it in my own life. We Americans were all pretty united in outcry when terrorists crashed planes into our buildings, killing thousands. I think we’re all pretty united in outcry when we hear that there are 8-year old girls being forced into prostitution in some places in the world. However, I feel like most of us stop at that point of outrage and outcry. I know I have. At worst, I have voiced my opinions by posting on social media, have felt justified, and have walked away. At best, I have made a small donation to a nonprofit or done some advocacy work. However, most always, I eventually forget about it until confronted with it again whenever the next controversy happens. I know I’ve been lazy in this regard, and I imagine many in the church have as well. Recently, though, the Lord has been calling me to scripture and prayer, and in it I found another way.

Many of us know the story of Sodom and Gamorrah’s destruction from chapter 19 of Genesis, but I think we often overlook or forget about chapter 18. Don’t do it, or you’ll miss one of (in my opinion) the most beautiful moments in scripture. You see, before these angels went to Lot’s house, they stopped in at Abraham’s house. Being a man of faith, Abraham recognized that these weren’t mere men, and rushed to wait upon them. After good food and talk of miracles, the angels got up to leave, but then paused and had an internal conversation. It went like this: 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him. 20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” There’s a whole sermon in there about this, but we’ll skip it for now and go on to Abraham’s glorious response…intercession.

Intercession is a big word that simply means intervening or mediating between two parties. In Christian parlance, it most often refers to prayer to God on another’s behalf. Intercession was Abraham’s response to hearing of forthcoming destruction resulting from sin. The NIV even names the section “Abraham Pleads for Sodom.” Specifically, Abraham asked God, “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?” It would be easy here to say that Abraham didn’t care about the wicked, but only about the righteous. I don’t want to read into what’s not there, but I feel like Abraham really did care about all the people. He could have just as easily asked for the righteous to be removed from the city if there were any. He didn’t do that. He instead asked that if even 10 people were found in the city who were righteous, that God would effectively impute this righteousness to sinners, saving them. Did you get that? The righteousness of a few would prevent the destruction of the many. Thousands of years before Christ came, hundreds of years before the Levitical law and sacrifices were established, Abraham was praying to God for propitiation by imputation of righteousness from the innocent to the guilty. No wonder Jesus stated in John 8:53 that “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” Abraham got it. He stood as an intercessor on behalf of those he knew were destined for destruction, repeatedly asking God for even more grace. Tragically, ten righteous were not found in the city that day, and God did not relent from bringing destruction. However, as Christians, we know and believe there was One who was righteous and died as an atoning sacrifice to bring life to the many.

So, where does this leave us? Pray, church. It doesn’t matter if you believe God has slated these people for destruction tomorrow…pray like Abraham. Intercede on behalf of these. As a contributor to the student newspaper at my alma mater stated, “The gay suicide rate is sky high. Gay depression is rampant. Gay loneliness is widespread. And where is the church?” No matter what you believe on the issue, pray. Ask the Lord that He would bring hope in Christ. Pray that He would draw these into confession and repentance that leads to imputation of Christ’s righteousness in them for their salvation. Ask that God would bring a revelation of truth that would be transformative. God doesn’t change, and His truth doesn’t change, so pray for His truth to be revealed in Christ (the truth, himself).  Ask that God would allow your church to minister to these…that we don’t miss this like the Tekoite nobles from Nehemiah 3:5 that “would not stoop to serve their Lord.” Like Abraham and the tax collector from Luke 18:13, pray from a place of humility, knowing that 1 Peter 4:18 says even those who are righteous are “scarcely saved.” In that regard, pray that God sends laborers into the harvest, but that He does the work, as we are completely incapable of saving anyone by ourselves. As Ephesians 6:12 says, “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

Finally, don’t pray once and be done with it. Be like Abraham…boldly come before the throne of grace and repeatedly ask (seek and knock) the Lord for more and more grace to abound. Pray daily, or even hourly, as often as you can. Oswald Chambers said “Prayer does not prepare us for the greater work, it is the greater work,” and John Wesley taught that “God does nothing but in answer to prayer; and even they who have been converted to God, without praying for it themselves (which is exceeding rare), were not without the prayers of others. Every new victory which a soul gains is the effect of a new prayer.” Prayer really does matter, especially in this time and in this issue.

End It

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There are and estimated 27 million slaves today…in brothels, in factories, in quarries, in 161 countries, including our own. Many of these are children, some as young as pre-school age. Atlanta itself is considered a hub for child sex trafficking. With those facts, a movement was launched in Atlanta on January 3rd at the 2013 Passion Conference calling our generation to be the voices that speak and the hands that act to end modern day slavery.

So, how does the average American actively take up arms against slavery? Here are five immediate ways you can get involved:

  1. Help awaken this generation by raising awareness that slavery still exists. Talk about it in your churches, small groups, prayer groups, friend circles, and on social media. Post right now on Facebook and Twitter that slavery still exists and point people to outlets for information such as The End It Movement and The CNN Freedom Project. If you’re a college student, organize or take part in the Stand for Freedom Campaign on your campus.
  2. Donate to organizations that stand on the front lines of the fight to prevent individuals from getting trapped in slavery and rescue and restore those who are or have been trapped in it. A list of 20 such organizations can be found on the Passion 2013 website.
  3. Being vigilant and willing to use the national trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888 if you see anything suspicious. Put that number in your phone right now and tell everyone you know to do the same. The hotline is connected with nonprofits and law enforcement agencies in most every city in the country. In addition, the hotline team can provide resources to help you get involved in the fight against slavery. Many individuals trapped in the commercial sex trade industry don’t know this number exists. Freedom is one phone call away. Spread the word.
  4. Hundreds of people are fighting to curb the supply of slaves. You can be an agent of curbing the demand for them. Take the Slavery Footprint Survey and learn how many slaves work for you – based on the things you purchase, wear, eat, use and purchase on a daily basis. Be a conscious consumer and avoid purchasing products that are made with slave labor (pages 7-23). Also, be a generation that pursues and speaks out for purity. Pornography and slavery are closely tied industries. Stop.
  5. Pray. Pray for awakening, prevention, rescue, and restoration. Pray for those trapped in slavery, that they would be set free. Pray for those on the front lines of the battle, law enforcement and organizations like IJM, to receive the tips they need and to be extremely effective in their rescue operations. Pray for those communities where children are abducted or sold into slavery, that God would bring about economic development to make slavery unprofitable. Pray for the demand…that God would awaken this generation to pursue purity, abandoning the idols of pornography and prostitution. Pray that businesses would embrace ethical treatment of workers throughout their supply chains and act as an intercessor by demanding it of them through purchasing decisions and petitions. Pray for healing and restoration of those rescued from slavery and that their stories would carry weight to inspire and challenge all who hear them.

So, there are 5 immediate ways you can join the fight to End It in this generation. If this issue of slavery captivates you or you simply want more information, then download this PDF of 27 more ways you can take action and actually do them.

Do You Believe in Life After Campus Ministry?

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The Lord gave me a wake up call last week. He demonstrated very clearly to me that there are some things in my life that need to change. In the days since, I’ve spent more time in prayer, worship, and earnest seeking than I have in the past three years. I’m experiencing a world of healing and reconciliation, and it’s incredible.

As I’ve worked through things, it’s become clear that many of the really hard things I went through over the past few years can be directly linked to a year I spent interning with a campus ministry and my failure to fully prepare for leaving it. The past three years have been a downward spiral of sorts, and much of it is just now being redeemed. After some consideration, I decided to write this post as an open letter in the hopes that someone might read it and be encouraged. Keeping the Cher theme, if I could turn back time…if I could find a way…these are the things I would have told myself in December of 2008.

Dear Cory,

As of right now, you’re in one of the safest environments you’ll ever be in. You’re surrounded by people that you can confide in, ask to pray for you, and be encouraged by. You have Biblical authority over you; a chapel available 24/7 to worship, weep, or just experience the Lord in; and a great weekly worship service to attend. You have a ministry team of people around you who are passionate about the things that stir your heart and are walking in the things you feel called to. Enjoy it now, because in a short 6 months, this won’t be the case. You’ll be coming back from a mission trip to Japan, jet-lagged, exhausted, and required to move out of your apartment in 12 hours. You’ll have less than $500 in the bank and will be leaving a downtown area that you’ve prayer-walked dozens of times, a campus that you know like the back of your hand, and a support network that has been unmatched up to this point in life. You don’t know it yet, but it’s going to be really hard. Here’s your roadmap for survival:

December and the Spring

Apply for one job before the end of December

It doesn’t matter what the job is, if you’re passionate about it, or if the Lord told you to do it or not. Applying for jobs is a hard thing to do. It takes a lot of time, a lot of hard work, and a lot of emotional effort. So, along with eating lots of good food and opening presents, here’s your game plan for December:

  1. Talk to your family and friends about what you want to do after this year. What kind of job do you want? Where do you want to live?
  2. Write a resume you’d be proud to send out and a cover letter to go with it. Get help from your fiends and family. Spend at least 3 hours on it. You know you’ve got the time.
  3. Go on indeed.com or christianjobs.com or teachgeorgia.com or sites like these, find a job you wouldn’t be miserable in, and fill out an application.

See, that wasn’t that hard. It’s done. Now you have a resume and cover letter template you can use in the future. However, this won’t be enough. You see, your future plans are going to be: “I could teach, or I could work at a church, or I could work for IJM, or I could work for World Vision.” Well, you now need multiple resumes and cover letters, some of which are secular focused, some of which are ministry focused, and some of which are organizationally-focused. By the end of this, you’re actually going to need 5 different cover letter templates and 4 different resumes, so stop playing video games and start writing!

Apply for at least one job a week starting in January

Even if you can’t start work until May, you need to start applying for jobs now in January. No one told you this, but sometimes when you apply for a job, it takes the organization 3 months to actually even start looking at resumes. The actual hiring process itself can take upwards of half a year. Some organizations, like schools, make all their hires in January and February. Even if you don’t get an offer, you can get valuable interview experience that will help you later. If you do get an offer, tell them you won’t be available to start until July. If you made a strong impression, they might be able to hold a job open for you until then. As of right now, you’ve got a strong support network around you with friends, a discipler, a ministry team, and the like. Searching for jobs can be an emotionally exhausting process. Not getting callbacks or being turned down can lead you to struggle with feelings of rejection and a lack of purpose. It’ll be much better for you if you experience the rejection now and can work through it in community than if you start doing it in June after moving back in with your parents because you didn’t start applying until May. Yes, this might feel at times like you’re cheating on your campus ministry. However, their heart for you is to learn, grow, and move on to being a witness of Christ wherever you end up. They’ll understand. Set aside one day a week for this and do it! Maybe you feel called to stay on for another year at your ministry. That’s great! However, maybe that’s emotion and not the Lord. Maybe that’s fear. You’re going to be better off making this decision out of choice over another job than making the decision because you don’t have anything else in front of you.

Start Going to Bed by 11

“I’m not a morning person” is not a valid statement. Go to bed by 11. Think this is impossible? All right, fine. Go to bed by 10:30. Do we need to continue this conversation? Most any job you get will require you to be there by 8 or earlier. Start good habits now. Despite everything you think, you can actually learn to love mornings more than nights. Turn your computer off by 10 p.m. and go to sleep. It’ll make you incredibly happier.

Go on a Media Fast

Spend a month not playing video games, watching television, or browsing facebook or reddit. In fact, other than applying for jobs, checking email, and reading scripture, turn your computer off entirely. See how much time you have? Live life like this. As Mark Driscoll says, video games aren’t sin, they’re just stupid. New life rule…never play video games or watch movies by yourself. Be a social/communal person. Get out of the house. Spend time in prayer and worship instead. It’ll revolutionize your life.

Find a Mutual Accountability Partner to Stay in Touch with After This Year

Find another guy and pledge to be accountability partners. Like…really. This could be a friend or someone you barely know. Make a deep commitment to one another to talk on at least a weekly basis and to confess things in your life that you’re struggling with. Pick someone you really trust whom you know will be honest with you. Pray for one another. Ok…now pledge that wherever you end up after this year, you’ll keep doing so. Try doing this over the phone now so it isn’t awkward later. This will absolutely be the most valuable thing for you moving forward, as it will force you to confess and repent on a constant basis. You will need this after you leave your discipler and ministry team behind, as it might be hard to find real authority in the churches around you. This is for real. Do it!

Start Going to Church in January

Start going to church. Campus ministry is not representative of what life will look like in a year. While you’re at it, don’t go to the later contemporary service. Go to the early one that’s not filled with college kids. Now that you’re going to bed  by 11, you’ll be able to wake up by 8 and do this. The fact is that most churches in the country aren’t Athens Church or Prince Avenue Baptist or even Saint James. They aren’t filled with college students. They’re filled with couples in their 40s, their grade-school children, and older adults. Despite what you see around you now, 18-30 year olds are the least-churched age group. There just won’t be as many of them, and those that are there might not be as passionate about their faith as you are. While you’re at it, join a small group at the church…and try to make sure it’s inter-generational. This will be the main way you meet Christians in the future, so you need to be comfortable with it.

You also need to get used to not being in charge of church things, because you probably won’t be in the near future. Make a real effort to learn to receive ministry from a regular church, because you’re currently much more used to working to give than receive. Once you get out, your tendency will be to hop into leadership…and your church will be more than happy to let you do that. However, many churches aren’t all that great at feeding their leaders. Giving without receiving will dry you out, leave you frustrated and exhausted, and eventually make you bitter.

Learn to Forgive and to Confront Situations

You either have been hurt in ministry or you’re going to be…especially in college ministry. You’re surrounded by impulsive people who are trying to seek Jesus while simultaneously trying to figure out who they are. Many of them have issues in their lives that have never been addressed. At some point, you’re going to bump into one and it’s going to explode. You’re going to experience hurt. You MUST learn how let go of things and to forgive. You also must learn how to confront situations that need confronting. Ignoring things is equivalent to suppressing them and will just lead to a later explosion. If you’re struggling with either of these, talk to your accountability partner you made. Talk to your discipler. If you don’t do this, it will tear you up later. Jesus said if you lay down to go to bed and remember you have an issue with someone, get up and go talk to them. That person whose calls you’ve been avoiding? You need to have a conversation with them. That person you are angry at…you may need to confess and apologize to them face-to-face. If you don’t…it’s just going to nag at you constantly and make you feel terrible.

Ask Her Out

So, you like this girl. Have you committed to being single? Probably not. Is the Lord calling you to never marry? Probably not. Are you fake dating her? Probably. If not physically than definitely mentally. Ask her out and get it over with. A yes or a no is better than mental gymnastics of wondering forever. While you’re pondering, though, realize that she has plans and dreams too. If you’re planning to move to Seattle or Jakarta at the end of the year, that has a really good chance of putting a strain on any potential relationship. Be wise about things, but don’t be motivated by fear. The Lord really does put people together.

 

After Spring

Find a Church

If you end up leaving Athens, find a church as quickly as possible. Here’s a protip…look for a men’s ministry. An active men’s ministry shows a maturity that many churches are lacking. Within the first month, set up a meeting with a pastor and ask to be assigned a mentor/discipler. You’ve grown accustomed to this type of relationship, and if they can provide it, you’ll be immensely helped. If they have sunday school class(es), visit and introduce yourself. Try to meet people. You’ve just left your community and you’re going to have a hard time. Consider inviting your friends over to pray with you. You must have community, or you’ll die.

Save Money & Give Money

You’ve just spent a year on support. You’re not going to be wealthy at the end. Assuming you get a job, you’ll be tempted to spend a lot of money. Don’t. Keep living simply…pay off student loans…put money in savings…and establish a lifestyle of giving. Perhaps get in contact with an intern or missionary and start supporting them. Take a check to church every week for some amount. Doing this now will make it much easier later.

Go To Counseling

Just try it. You’ve never done it. There are things in your heart that need to be worked out. There are people trained and gifted by God to help you do just that. Many churches aren’t very good at discipleship. This can be a great addition or even temporary alternative to Biblical discipleship. Just make sure it’s Christian counseling. Most every church can give you a referral if you ask.

Go On Another Media Fast

So, you’re working full time, single, and bored at night? You’re not quite the bar-hopper that all the other 24-year old single guys are, eh? So, you started watching the entire series of Lost last week? You’re reading through the Harry Potter series for the 17th time? Sounds like it’s time to go on another media fast. While media isn’t necessarily bad, it can distract you from your devotional life. Go on another media fast. Seek Jesus. You’ll end up doing more things with people, going to more church functions, and will be better for it.

Keep Seeking

No matter what happens, what hurt you’ve been through, or where you end up, keep seeking Jesus. Don’t let your guitar collect dust. Don’t let your Bible end up on the bookshelf. Worship, pray, seek! Get on a Bible reading plan. Open it even when it’s hard. Trust me, it’s worth it.


I don’t know how far this blog post will reach. If anyone reads this and wants some help with the process of adjusting to life outside of ministry, let me know. If you need some help writing a resume, drop me a message. If you had a rough time moving out of ministry and want to commiserate, I’m down. If you’re a guy, I’d love to act as an accountability partner. The Lord is faithful, but we are fragile. I’m currently in the process of implementing a number of these suggestions, and I have a ways to go yet. We all need a little help sometimes, and I’d love to be that for you. Blessings.