I ‘ve had some people ask me about my new job, senior leadership editor for Abingdon Press, in relationship to my old job as producer, speaker, and co-owner of Midnight Oil Productions. At first glance, they seem very different, like a departure from something I once considered my life mission.
“What got you to this point is not likely to get you where you want to go.”
– Craig Groeschel
Actually, my life mission goes much deeper than what I have done lately.
My mission began in college in Abilene, Texas, when I was equally drawn to both the concerns of ministry and the power of communication. I didn’t know a lot back then, but I knew that I loved to write, I was fascinated by (what was then called) mass media, I was scared to death of public speaking, and I loved Christ and the church.
One night I read 1 Kings 3 and was hit by Solomon’s clarity of vision. Given the opportunity for anything, he prayed for the ability to do what he was tasked to do as Israel’s leader. God granted it, and much more. Solomon’s leadership focus was right – on the job that must be done, rather than on the material trappings of success. I prayed a similar prayer that night, that God grant me the wisdom to be equally effective in written, oral and visual forms, for the sake of leading the church toward more effective communication.
My work life has been built around this prayer, as I have simultaneously developed skills in each of the three: visual, written and oral. I have never valued one over the other for very long, or gotten too lost in a specific craft or technique. My vision has been to communicate, which ultimately involves all three.
“Momentum is never triggered by tweaking something old. It is triggered by introducing something new.”
– Andy Stanley
This vision keeps growing. At each level of my ministry journey, I have utilized all three, and the same is true moving forward. My work at United Methodist Publishing House will involve advancing products, and ideas, that create disciples and grow the church. I am already working on some exciting books and visual projects that will release in the coming two years. God is leading me to exciting new things.
“As culture changes, the questions remain the same. The answers don’t.”
– Andy Stanley
Thanks to Mark Beeson for the awesome quotes in this blog. They capture the spirit of my personal philosophy. I am excited to see what happens next.