What you are about to read is an excerpt from a book I am writing right now called, Tame the Elephant.
The elephant in the room stuck to the stake is your thinking. Tame the elephant, change your life, and change the world.
Before I tell you the next story. I want to give you a bit of context. The reason is I need you to realize the weight of the things that happened in my mind. At this point in my story I have worked in ministry for the last 7 years or so. My first year was spent in Johannesburg South Africa working with Pastor Willie Dengler, and Ashley and Tamaran Jackson at Outreach Care and World Hope Ministries. I worked in squatter camps, prisons, and the local church. I could never ever articulate what Pastor Willie and Pastor Ashley taught me about ministry and life. I am ever in their debt. After returning to the states I got involved at a church called Grace Point Church where I worked with David Martin who is such an amazing pastor and friend (David is now the Youth & Culture Strategist w/ I am Second and the youth pastor of Desperation Student Ministries in Colorado) as the Associate Student Pastor at a church of about 2000 (now 3500 or so). After 3 years of service I knew it was time to move on. I sat down with the lead pastor of Grace Point, Jeff Harris (he is an amazing leader and I am grateful for the time I was able to spend under his leadership) and told him that I was willing to help transition the ministry. Within about a week of quitting that job I was in talks with Community Bible Church (CBC). I began working in student ministry and was quickly moved to Student Pastor where I spent 3 years building the culture. A little bit about CBC, this church is a church of about 15,000. This is where I learned under some of the best leaders. I learned vitally important lessons about God, Family, Career, and Othering. I believe the investment of Robert Emmitt, Chris Emmitt, Sean Metcalf, and so many other people set me up to lead on massively important levels, even levels I have not fully stepped into yet. I knew it was time to move on and felt the desire to leave my position at CBC. I offered my resignation at the end of 2016 and began the search for what was next. With a 3 month severance (which was extremely gracious, thanks to Ed Newton, Scott Kindig and the team) I started searching.
I found a dream job. My wife was challenging me to not settle for a job. So I was going for what I really wanted.
I found a job as an Executive Director of Bless The Children Ministries. A ministry that has been around since 2007. They are based in Oklahoma but the work they are involved with is in Mabaale, Uganda (which is in Africa for those that are geographically challenged). This is work I have been wanting to do for over 20 years. They run an orphanage and school. The role would be to continue to build a local team to manage the orphanage, primary and secondary school and create a replicable strategy to expand the work across the country. The job description had this to say,
“The ideal candidate is a personable coach/mentor who is familiar with the consultative/persuasive style of management that is required within a ministry setting, while at the same time being able to be decisive, as needed. Someone willing to become part of the culture and learn the “African way”. The five phrases that well describe the ideal candidate are:
1. Coach/mentor (ability to assess opportunities and challenges, suggest solutions, influence);
2. Spiritually mature/compassionate (ability to provide guidance, Godly wisdom and empathy);
3. Change manager (ability to recommend and oversee necessary changes);
4. Good strategic and analytic skills (ability to focus on the right things); and,
5. Good communicator/team builder (ability to take staff along with him/her on the journey).”
I sat back and thought, woah. That is the job! I believe that I am supposed to do this work with my whole being. For the last 20 years or so I have committed large amounts of time to studying the orphan problem worldwide. I have spent many mornings strategizing, writing, reading, dreaming, and contemplating what it would look like to run orphanages (group homes) around the world.
Now the way it went down.
To finish what you started here you will need to buy my book when it comes out.
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