Another New Chapter

If you’re a seasoned reader here on my blog you know that we made an exciting announcement last year.

Since that time I’ve taken a hiatus here on my blog and moved everything over to socialchurch.co/blog. So if you’re interested in any of my church communications or social media thoughts from the last year, that’s where you’ll find them.

Since that time Amy and I have also made alot of changes in our lives.

After almost 5 years, I transitioned off staff at Park Community Church.

Amy graduated from Moody!

I started a new role at Think Digital.

We moved to Des Moines, Iowa.

And we’ve spent the last 7 months getting acquainted with this great city, and the amazing people in it. And it’s been a blast!

We’ve also spent the last 7 months holding all of this with open hands. We knew that God was drawing us to Des Moines, but we weren’t sure if it was a destination, or just a pit-stop on the road of our lives.

The last 7 months we’ve spent a ton of time seeking God’s will. It’s been intense. We’ve cried. We’ve drank lots of tea. We’ve connected with many new friends. We’ve spent lots of time talking to our families and parents. And we’ve spent alot of time in prayer and reading Scripture.

So where does all this time and energy take us?

Well, it takes us back to where we first met. It takes us back to where our passions lie.

It takes us back to Chicago!

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It’s been an amazing ride!

You may know that I’ve spent the last 6 years of my life devoted to serving the local church through effective communications. I am passionate about it. I believe the church has more tools to reach people than ever before, and it needs to use them effectively.

This was my passion at Park, and it was the reason I joined Think Digital to create Social Church Academy and Foundations. In fact, I couldn’t be more proud of what I have created over the last year. It’s the result of years of learning, and hard work. But it wouldn’t have happened without the help of Justin Wise and the rest of the team at Think Digital, and for that I am so grateful.

We’ve served hundreds of churches over the last year, and heard so many stories of changed lives because their church started communicating more effectively. Those are the stories that I’ll never forget.

But if you have known Amy and I for very long, you know that we also have a strong passion for showing God’s love through justice. We believe that we’ve been called to give a voice to the voiceless, and during our time in Chicago this passion grew to a point where we had almost arranged our entire lives around it.

Over the last year God has reminded us of that call, and made it more clear that it is what we are to pursue.

After we realized that we knew we had no choice but to move back to Chicago. And we couldn’t be more excited!

So what will we be doing?

I’ll be the Marketing Communications Manager at GRIP Outreach For Youth (In the midst of a website redesign. Don’t judge.), where I’ll be fighting to break the cycle of fatherlessness through gospel-centered life-on-life relationships. Amy and I have been involved with GRIP for the last 5 years, and I can’t wait to become more vocationally committed to telling the stories of those people that no one will listen to.

As you may also know, Amy has been on the paleo journey for the last year, and has seen crazy change in her life as a result. So when she got the opportunity to be on the team at Kitchfix we were pumped to say the least. Kitchfix is a food delivery service started by one of our friends, and they’re opening a cafe in Chicago! Amy will be on the team helping to launch the cafe and serving customers with real food.

So if you’re ever in Chicago, hit me up. Would love to catch up.

What about church communications and my blog?

Don’t worry. I will still be here to share my church communications and social media knowledge with you, and who knows what that will look like in the future. Just know that I still want to serve your church, so be on the lookout for blog posts and new things in the future, and get all the latest updates delivered directly to you.

I’ll be blogging more about social justice, and the racial reconciliation that needs to happen in our country and the church as a whole. Some of those posts will be written over on GRIP’s blog, while some of them may end up here on my blog. I want you to know that the only path forward for the church is racial reconciliation. Any other path would be fatal.

I also want you to know that I’m grateful for you.

Yes, that’s right. I’m grateful for you. I’m grateful that you are reading this.

I’m grateful that you care. And I hope you’ll stick with me on this next step in the journey.

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