This coming Saturday I will be driving up to Gatesville, TX to attend a volunteer training so that I can be a part of our church’s prison ministry. I attended the church’s training a few months back.
That’s a strange and scary ministry to be a part of you may think.
Yes, for most folks it is absolutely terrifying to go inside the walls of a jail or prison. How do you think the inmates feel?
So why would I want to do that?
Well, because I was one of those guys in there. In fact it was 14 years ago that I gave my life to God in a chapel service in jail.
I had a couple of wild years in my teens where breaking the law seemed like the thing to do. I obviously wasn’t very good at it because I got caught, a few times. It was the third time that I realized that if didn’t change that I would be spending a lot of time behind bars.
I didn’t know it at the time but God was setting me up for a divine intervention that would change my life.
Continue reading Not Forgetting Where I Came From
Over 2 years ago I wrote a post on this blog on how I was stepping out and getting involved in church again. The ministry that I had volunteered for was the media ministry. I went to a meeting and even sat up in the media booth during a service to see how to operate their system for the projector.
I thought I was ready but it just wasn’t time.
The service that I sat in was the first and only service that I did anything in regard to the media ministry. I am not exactly sure why things did not work out, but I think there were still some areas in my life that God still needed to work on. It was kind of weird not being involved but I think you need to learn how to receive as a Christian and walk the walk before you can minster. So that is what I did. During that time my wife and I attended a couple of small groups so we still had fellowship and got to know people in the church. We are still involved with the small groups today.
Over the last six months due to some personal circumstances I saw the need to spend more time with God personally and began to do so. During that time I read the book Caught Between A Dream and A Job and am currently reading The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? In both of these books they talk about how God has a plan for your life and how you were created for a purpose. I believe both of these things and set out to see what it is that God has to do for me here on earth.
There are a couple of ways that I am seeking God in order to find out my purpose. Continue reading Growing in God by Getting Involved
I was just looking over the page rank of all on my sites and pulled this one up to check it also. I saw that the last post was about the Media Ministry which told me that I haven’t posted here in a while. In fact it has been about 7 months to be more exact.
Well here is a nice list of updates of what I have been doing the last 7 months:
- I quit the Media Ministry. I went to one training session and knew it was not time to get involved.
- I quit school. Was not the time either. I was not spending as much time with my family as I wanted. Also it was very expensive verses the return.
- Started making some good, steady, money from blogging which helped our cash flow.
- In addition to the blogging I got a steady side part-time job doing web design.
- In addition to that I have had more side web design projects then I have wanted (OK, I wanted them).
- Prayed for the last 5 months about buying a bigger house and finally put the deposit down this past weekend on it.
- Have been pretty steady in going to church during that time.
- Had a “Connection” with my pastor. No, I have not met him but he said a couple of things in a service that I felt spiritually connected me to him/the church.
- Joined a “Connection Group” from the church. Went to the first and only meeting so far. It was cool. Really nice people.
- Feel like I am closer to God then ever. I am led more by His peace then ever before in my life. I am comfortable with not moving (if at all) until He tells me it is time to move.
That’s it. 7 months wrapped up in a 10 point list.
The last 7 months have been good and I really feel that God has been working on my character during that time. The biggest area that He has been working on me has been managing my time between being a good Christian/husband/father/son/employee/business owner. It can be challenging, some days are better then others, but I am here and still kicking.
I am not making any promises on when the next post will be or frequency of posts. I am still alive though and throw something up here when the spirit moves me.
I attended my first Media Ministry meeting last night and everything went cool. It is really nice to see that they are really organized and professional.
I signed up to operate the projector in the youth service and to operate camera 1 in the main sanctuary. It may be a couple of weeks before I start but I am excited.
The time has come for me to get involved in the church. It was not time before but now it is time.
How do I know? It just feels right.
It was not the right time before because I need to get school going but now that it is and I am used to it so it is time to take the next step.
I have to be honest – my wife inspired me – without her even knowing it. She is the one that involved first by starting to help out with the kids. Seeing her get involved and meeting people stirred up the interest in me.
I have already put my feet to the pavement and emailed and met with the director of the media ministry. As a result of that meeting I am meeting with the rest of the group tonight.
Another byproduct of the meeting was him asking me what I wanted to do in the media ministry. I told him that whatever they needed me to do was fine as that is the attitude that was always expected at my other church’s that I attended.
Here I feel that it is a little different so I need to decide – and I have – I am going to petition to be apart of the video production team that makes up our video presentations ahead of time for services. I have not had as much experience in that area as the rest so it is an area that I can grow. I am hoping that it will fit with my schedule.
I will post tomorrow to tell how tonight went.
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My wife and I attended our church’s membership class a few weeks back since we had decided that we were going to start getting involved in the ministry. She had decided that she was going to work with the kids and I was going to get involved with the music/video production ministries. After attending the class we both emailed the respective Pastors for each ministry.
My wife received her response first and was set to attend a orientation meeting to get acquainted with how they do things. I got a call a couple of days later and was encouraged to come to the next Praise and Worship practice to meet the team.
My wife and I did not make it to either meeting. Continue reading Finding an Equal Balance in Life
The wife and I made it to church last weekend and were feeling pretty good about ourselves. We had a renewal to go to church and were even beginning to consciously look for direction to God.
In last week’s service they announced the first of a few classes to become members of the church and eventually serve in a ministry within the church. Feeling good we signed up for class that was supposed to be this past Sunday.
Continue reading Church on Sunday and a Little More Direction From God
Well I really haven’t posted since my – No Church in 3 Weeks – And Counting – post. Well I am happy to say that we have been to 3 services in the last 2 weeks and it feels good.
We went to 2 Wednesday services and 1 Sunday service. We missed one Sunday services because we were convinced that the kids were falling a sleep on the way to church so we did not go. They ended up staying up until well past when service would have been over. They are going no matter what next time.
Continue reading Church – 3 Services in 2 Weeks – Cool
I grew up in a church where you did not get in to a ministry position without earning it from the ground up. As I have begun to attend different ministries though I find that church often are willing to hire outside of the ministry to meet the needs of the congregation.
I do not think that their is anything wrong with that, it is just different to me. I guess the hope of most ministries is that they would be able to raise someone up within the church to meet these positions. If not then they use a service like christianplacements.com.
Christian Placement appears to be a Monster.com type of web site that is aimed specifically at the Christian community. I would think that this would aid Ministries in finding the right person. I took the time to browse the posts but there are not any positions that I was interested in locally 😉 .
Note: I had a revelation half way through this post that actually changes the direction that I was going with it. I decided to leave the first part because I want to demonstrate how effective it can be to blog – it can really help you sort your thoughts and feelings out. Enjoy!
As you can tell this blog has not been very active. The main reason for this was not procrastination but fear.
See I have not been active in church for quite some time. In fact I probably only been to church about 10 times in last year.
I know the first thing that you think – Oh he is backsliden.
Am I? What exactly is that?
To me backsliden is when you turn your back on God. I have not done this.
Continue reading Priorities as a Christian