Did God just close that door or should you persevere?

Did God just close that door or should you persevere?

At different points in my life, I’ve had experiences where I started questioning what God was doing (or not doing for that matter). Honestly, I didn’t know if He was closing the door or if He was waiting to see if I would push through and persevere.

As I walked through these different experiences, I couldn’t help but to always think about the movie, “Joy.” Joy is a movie about a very patient and dedicated, divorced mother who is not only struggling to provide for her family, but is living amongst a very dysfunctional family. The movie takes you on a journey as she invents a new kind of mop and the MANY obstacles she faces as she markets it to American moms.  Continue reading

When you feel inadequate for the calling in front of you

Confidence. It’s something most of us struggle with. And I’ll be the first to admit that at different times in my life, my confidence has been shaken to the core; mostly by the words spoken to me by others.

  • Words that caused me to question myself.
  • Words that someone thought were funny but were hurtful.
  • Words that spoke defeat instead of victory.
  • Words meant to guilt me into something.
  • Words meant to quiet me instead of empowering me.

Words from the childhood playground to the company meeting room. And with each and every word, I’ve felt inadequate. Less than. Unqualified.  Continue reading

Capturing God Opportunities

When I first entered the world of Social Media in January of 2012, I was meeting with a business coach. And I vividly remember sharing with her how I REALLY wanted to serve churches; I wanted to help churches with their online presence.

And when I shared this with her, she immediately said, “Don’t do it. You’ll never make money.” And because I was so new to this “harvest,” I took her words to heart and moved forward in other ways.

Well, fast forward to 2017 and you will see that more and more churches today are not only seeking outside help with their online profiles, but they are also hiring full-time Communication/Online Specialists. Churches today are realizing the importance of having a great presence online. Not only are churches hiring people for these positions, but there are now multiple conferences for church leaders around this topic, Facebook groups, coaching groups and self-study courses.

As I’ve thought over this the past few days, I couldn’t help but ask myself, “Did I miss an opportunity to lead in this specific niche?”  Continue reading

Why “Keeping Your Options Open” is a Bad Idea

Maybe you can relate. You’re stuck and you have no idea as to what you’re doing or where you’re going. You pray and ask God to give you clear direction. And after some time, you begin sensing that God is speaking. You feel like you’ve heard from Him and are understanding where it is that He’s leading. But, after a few weeks or months, when things are not moving as fast as you thought they would, you start doubting; you start worrying. And deep down inside, you start questioning whether or not you really did hear from God. So, you decide to “keep your options open.” You start looking at other things you can do, places you can go, etc. And before you know it, you’re stuck in the same exact place. You never moved forward and really, you just spent the last year of your life moving backwards. Sigh.

This has been me during different seasons of my life. If I’m honest with you, there were times where I felt like I had to have that “cushion,” that security blanket just in case something didn’t work out. But really all it did was create more chaos, more worry in my life.  Continue reading

God will find you…

Maybe you can relate to one or all of the statements below:

  • I always feel like there is something more, but feeling the need to be still and wait.
  • I continually have this compulsion that there is much more God wants me to do.
  • I’m wondering if God has or wants more.
  • I feel like God is leading me on a journey somewhere, I’m just not sure right now.

For many of us, we have this stirring deep within us, a restlessness that seems to never go away. We feel like there is more or should be more to this life than what is out there waiting for us, but we just can’t quite pinpoint it. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we feel this deep “loss” within us. We start questioning whether or not we are in “God’s will.” Are we doing what we were created to do? Are we missing out on something that God has for us?   Continue reading

Facebook Page or Group: Which One Do I Need For My Church

There’s been a LOT of chatter lately regarding Facebook Groups and Facebook pages. And in case you haven’t noticed, there has been a HUGE increase in ministry leaders who are creating groups in order to engage more with their audiences on a regular basis. Why? Because the organic reach on Facebook pages has dramatically decreased, and like you, leaders are getting tired of posting on a regular basis and not seeing any kind of engagement on their posts.

One of the most common questions I get is, “Does my church really need a Facebook page or can I just stick with having a group?”  Continue reading

Social Media For the Church: Key Steps Before You Start Running

“When used effectively, social media can help move the church from an interruption in someone’s life to an integration in their faith.”

~Matt McKee, CEO of ROAR

Recently, I’ve received quite a few questions regarding social media and the church. Questions like:

  • What does it take to get a church going on social media?
  • What social media tools would be good to use?
  • What are some of the best ideas when it comes to churches using social media?
  • How do I get social media “buy-in” from the church staff ?
  • How do I get the church staff to help with content on social media?
  • We have no budget. Can we still have a social media presence?
  • How do I find volunteers at the church for my social media team?

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