Theresa and I were having dinner last night when she noticed preseason football being played on one of the televisions in the restaurant. She looked me dead in the eye and said “it’s preseason already?” It would seem that mid-August has caught both of us by surprise. In the next few weeks the temperatures will start to cool, the colors on the trees will start to change, and the watermelons in my garden will be ready to eat. As the summer wraps up and changes to fall here on Long Island, there is much that will be changing for Theresa and me as well.
A few weeks back, I shared a little bit of my recent prayer retreat. In that post, I spoke a little bit about how the word finish played into part of my time there. It was during this time that God also placed two other words on my heart: prepare and simplify. Some of you may know, Theresa and I moved to Long Island a little over three years ago to care for my father-in-law. With his passing, Theresa and I have been praying about where God is taking us to next. The cool thing is that we are at a point in our lives where we can go anywhere and do anything since we are debt free (thanks, Dave!) and don’t have to worry about uprooting children, yet.
While we currently don’t know what is next, what we do know is that God is calling us to do two things: prepare and simplify. What this means for us right now is pretty simple: we are preparing ourselves to be ready to move to wherever God calls us, whenever he calls us there. Essentially, we are preparing to put our house on the market, and figuring out what we are taking with us, and what is going to be part of a colossal yard sale (affectionately being referred to as “Uncle Matt’s Crapmart”). We are taking steps to simplify our life, and cutting out the non-essentials (good-bye, cable), and Theresa has made some changes with her work situation that will free her up to fully engage with whatever this next season holds for us. In other words, we are getting ready for something… we just don’t know what it is.
A Few Changes
In the weeks to come I will be interviewing, praying, listening, and seeing what God is placing before us. I am excited, but I am a little nervous as well. And since I am already discussing it a little bit, I might as well go all the way: if you know of someone who could use someone like me… shoot them this link.
While all that is going on, this fall will also see a few other changes that I am just as excited about:
- Ministry Briefing: Back in January my friend Todd Rhoades and I started an adventure called Ministry Briefing. It has been amazing to me how much positive feedback we have gotten so far, and the amount of subscribers that have signed on over the last few months. In the next couple of weeks we will be launching a blog at the Ministry Briefing site that will feature some fascinating interviews that church leaders will find to be helpful to their ministries. My favorite interview so far is with the researchers who did this study.
- Church Simple: This fall I am going to be rebranding Church Simple, and bringing a little more clarity to what it is that we do. Our purpose is to enable church leaders to better pursue their vision. While we currently do this through our coaching and consulting services, we will soon be helping churches better handle their back-office needs. More on this to come.
- Sustainable Church Planting: Several months ago I did a series of posts on my church planting experience. After much thought, editing, and more editing, I am excited to announce that I am turning those posts into a book that will be available both electronically and in print towards the end of fall. This is pretty exciting for me.
All that to say, big things are happening… pray with us?
That’s what is going on in my life… what is going on in YOUR life?