On Sunday, May 19th, it was officially announced that our family is going to be moving to Billings, Montana, where I’ll be working as the full-time minister for the Billings Church of Christ.
As a result, I’ll no longer be a full-time blogger or full-time missional entrepreneur.
On the one hand, I have absolutely loved full-time blogging. It has been such a blast working for myself. The hours have been exceptional. My boss is fabulous. The vacation time is outrageous. The pay is phenomenal. I’ve been able to take long lunches and play with my kids. I’ve been able to visit a bunch of places around the world.
But the whole time I’ve been blogging, I’ve realized that I’m passionate about doing something deeper and more meaningful.
I love teaching the Word of God. Our church here in Cheyenne has been very supportive by allowing me to teach frequently. Still, I’ve always hungered to teach and preach more frequently. I kept identifying with Jeremiah who stood face to face with the difficulty of his call, and yet he said that his word is like a fire in his bones – a fire that cannot be contained (Jer. 20:9).
Ministry is hard work. When you walk closely with people, you see beyond the facade that they show the world. You see true hurt, pain, and struggle. You see all the ways the Devil is working in the lives of people. Still, ministry to the people of God is absolutely necessary.
The truth is that full-time blogging seemed a little too self serving. (This is not a judgement on any other full-time blogger. We’re all uniquely gifted and uniquely called.)
Blogging is about much more than simply writing articles. There is a lot of behind the scenes things that a person can do to help improve the popularity, rank, and advertising on his or her site. The problem is that I had absolutely zero motivation to do any of those things. I was already making more than enough money to provide for my family, and I couldn’t get motivated to earn more money and to keep building my blog bigger and bigger. It just felt silly.
Over the last year, I’ve received a ton of emails from readers talking about how “I’m living the dream”. The problem is that I’ve never thought life is about living our dream, but about glorifying God. In the last few months, I’ve done a lot of praying and discerning the will of God. In the end, one question has been guiding my decision: what is the best possible way I can glorify God? In my case, the answer was not full-time blogging.
In the end, I decided that I could accept a full-time ministry position and continue writing on my blogs. This was an important realization because I think a lot of good has come from the articles I’ve written on this blog. The rest of the stuff was to allow me to support my family. However, with a paycheck in hand, I can just focus on articles and ignore the rest. Ultimately, this seems like the way God can use me best in the service of his Kingdom.
How will things change here at MH4C?
Likely, you won’t notice any change at all.
I have committed to making my ministry a priority so there might be dates that I don’t get an article done – and I’m fine with that. However, all the things that I’ll drop from my blogging schedule will likely be behind the scenes things that you wouldn’t notice any way.