Here we are a week into February already! 2013 is nearly over! …Ok, that was an exaggeration, but still, didn’t January just start last week?
Being in ministry, I have people who like to know what I’m up to, and my future goals, especially those who financially and prayerfully help support the work I do. *That’s understandable!* So I want to be sure to provide an update of the work that went down in January, and maybe a bit of what’s coming up in February. Plus, it’s just always good to reflect, isn’t it!?
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The Happenings Of January
So, on with the update. So much happens in just a month! Here’s a few of the highlights (only), as far as I can remember:
- Been adjusting to the new scheduling and roles of no longer directly working with Christian Challenge. It’s been an interesting adjustment with perks and drawbacks of various kinds. I’m still working with the guys at the Lighthouse, so that’s a ton of goodness. God continues to use those guys in great ways. I believe I’ve made the right decision and am enjoying the flexibility of pursuing other opportunities now, as well as focusing more on CrossPoint.
- Lead the CrossPoint campus of WaKeeney with great focus. We’ve seen God grow us in many ways. I believe there’s much work to be done, but we’re on the right track. We started a youth group this last month and have a decent attendance already. We also did some major rearranging of the entire facility to fit more seats and improve usability. It was a big project, but exciting too. As a Part B to this point, I also dedicated a great deal of time and thought into trying to come up with a graphic for our Grow Process, as we call it, for the entire church. This hasn’t been easy, but we think we’re on the right track with something.
- Committed, bar any significant closed doors from God, to joining a team to plant a church in the near future. More details coming on that soon.
- Set in motion some amazing learning opportunities concerning church planting. Will be traveling to study some collegiate church plants that are really thriving. Pumped!
- Began work on a new site for Christian young men. I’m so excited about this project, and I so wish I could tell all the details, but it’s not quite time yet. It’s gonne be great though. More coming on this before too long.
- Built a new blog for my wife and I as more of an ongoing journal for us. I had wanted to get this set up all last year, but I never did make the time for it. Besides being an ongoing “journal” of our lives, we’d like to use it to publish some content on leading as a couple, relational ideas, dating ideas, etc. We’ll see if we can make it happen. Find it at www.rileyandmargo.com.
- Began work on refining and writing out my coaching resource that I use to help guys map out their life and goals as well as better manage their time. Other guys that I’ve taken through it have begun using it with guys they invest in as well, and have requested I document the process a little more. I’m planning to fully develop it and make a resource anyone could use. It’s work, but I’m excited for it. I think it could really benefit many.
- As always, continued to blog here and improve on my content a bit. I got my Tips For Life Tuesdays going again, and have built out pages and structure here in preparation for more projects to come. I really appreciate the many of you who have encouraged in the last few months as far as the efforts to blog and share my thoughts and resources. It’s funny, because judging from comment counts on here, there’s not much traffic, but I see the traffic stats and hear from many of you in person. So I’m not discouraged. I realize I don’t usually write in a fashion that necessitates much feedback. So I’m very thankful for your encouragement and interaction whenever, and however, it does come. Comments here are always nice though, it encourages others to engage. :)
I’m so thankful for the continued support of so many. Again, feel free to sign up for the more personal reports if you’d like, and definitely feel free to get in touch with me and let me know what’s going on in your life, church, family, ministry, or whatever!
Onward and upward! Coram Deo!