Starting a New Chapter #Missions #Church

Unlike other jobs, I give notice to Solid Rock Christian Fellowship after almost 11 years with a heart heavy with so many emotions. I know that where I am going is where God wants me to be in the interim before I launch as a Social Media person with WorldVenture. Other doors closed this week, too. Not that I can go into any detail, but an old life is fading and a new life is beginning.

Change is something a person can count on. It’s a constant. I’ve experienced so much change the last couple of years. It leaves me breathless. Even as I watch winter fade into spring, I am excited for the future. When I sing songs in church, I hear them differently now. It begs the question: Are you really living on faith? I mean, really?

  • Do you give until it hurts?
  • Do you step through open doors in your life not knowing why, but doing it anyway because God opened that door? You risk awkward silences and disaster stepping through; OR you risk blessing yourself and others in the process.
  • Do you go without to make something God wants happen? Or are you only willing to serve within your comfort zone?

Lastly, are you really impassioned about sharing your faith? I mean, really? I ask this because when I mention the online world and how people can funnel that passion through this tool to share the Gospel, I get one common response: “I don’t like change.”  This usually follows after, “I hate Facebook.”

“I hate change,” is a barrier I come up against time and time again. It’s not just a barrier to what I do, but it is a barrier that keeps people from learning how to use the online world as a tool to build relationships and share their faith. Social media is simply a conversation. It’s like meeting someone in the hallway and asking, “How are you?” And instead of walking away after a short answer, staying to listen.

The church isn’t dying. The church has a communication problem. This problem is keeping the church in a building and causing people who are online to sound like angry Americans because the church isn’t learning how to train their people how to use the online world in appropriate ways or teaching how to contextualize responses to another person’s culture.

I would love to hear how your church is training your congregation to serve online. If you aren’t training them, why not? 

 

See You April 1

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Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them,“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31

I am going on a blogging sabbatical the next three weeks (four weeks on my other sites). During that time, please pray as I am using this time to:

  • Catch up on some administrator duties.
  • Catch up on studying and start my coding lessons.
  • Focus on PDX training March 20-25 in Littleton, Colorado.
  • Prepare for full support raising on April 1.
  • Refill my creative tank through rest.

On my other site, I will have scheduled reposts of the great content that you might have missed by our volunteers. On this site, graphics will post of prayer reminders and needs.

I’ll still be on social media. With a full time job, things are organized chaos. Blogging, even finding content for another site, is time consuming to get useful posts to help people use social media for cybermissions. While most people get to enjoy a weekend, I dig into missions work on Friday mornings as soon as the day job ends on Thursdays.

This won’t be forever. I have every confidence that God will give what is needed for these ministries. He’s already proven that He will knock down walls, break out windows, and blow open the doors wide to have His will be done. This whole journey from perspective to appointment to support raising is an amazing journey. Flights, travel, material needs, and time have all been provided for by Him; sometimes even through you.

The next digest newsletter will go out on April 1. If you are on this list and would like to submit prayer requests, please submit all prayer requests to me by the last day of March. This is a service I provide to the people on my newsletter list. You can sign up to receive my newsletters by going to the menu at the top of this page.

God considered rest important. So, meanwhile, I am going to make another pot of coffee. The faster I get the work done today, the faster I can start my sabbatical and enjoy my Sabbath on Sunday with a ten mile run.

Nikki

P.S. I know some of you are thinking, “THAT’S a sabbatical?” To me, that is a sabbatical as blogging/writing and finding content are very time consuming for all of my websites. Releasing me from this enables me to work on things I have recently shelved due to lack of time.