Thanks to everyone who responded to my last email about what God has done this year in and around my life. It was so encouraging to hear back from yall! To be faithful to send you all monthly updates as I promised, here is an update about October including what I learned this month, and some of my assignments/projects/experiences that I had.
What I Learned this Month
Many of my day to day involves me thinking through processes and practical things like events, classes, emails, and Sunday environments. What’s interesting to me is that those things can very often take up all of my time and energy – I can spend an entire day or even week and not interact with any of the people in our church body – when in fact those things are supposed to be for the benefit of actual people with whom I need to know and interact with. You know, the connection side of connections ministry. It turns out you actually have to connect with people!
This month was a needed wake up call for me in that area. If you’re like me, you often need to be reminded experientially of the things that matter the most to you. For me, I really enjoy meeting with people to get to know their story and help them along in their faith. To get to pastor someone through an issue or struggle is life giving for me. I’ve had a bunch of times over the past two weeks to meet up with different people, and it has been revitalizing for me, and given me a refreshed excitement for ministry.
I was talking to Bryn about this and decided to make it a goal to meet two or three times a week with someone different from our South Campus. In part, this is for my own joy and pastoral experience, but also a vital part of my role in connections and in pastoring our people. Every Sunday is an opportunity for me to meet someone new, welcome them to the church, and meet with them over coffee or a meal in order to get to know them and bring them into our community. I’m looking forward to seeing how God continues to grow me as I pursue others in this way.
Blog Posts from October
How You Can Pray for Us
Bryn and I are starting to think and pray about what is coming after my residency. We think we want to stay in Austin, but are considering that we may also need to move elsewhere in order to pursue a ministry opportunity. A few of my fellow residents have already accepted pastoral jobs around the country, and most of us are starting to make plans for the same. I would love for you to join us in praying for God to lead us to a church where I can be helpful and faithful, where we can grow in our faith, and reach whatever city we’re in with the gospel of Jesus.
Thank you for your prayers and support!