“When you’re waiting, you’re not doing nothing. You’re doing the most important something there is. You’re allowing your soul to grow up. If you can’t be still and wait, you can’t become what God created you to be.”
Sue Monk Kidd
I’ve been in an interlude of sorts.
A “to be continued” moment in my life.
An ellipse I guess you can say.
A hurry up and wait kind of season.
I know that I am not the only one who hates to wait. I’ve told myself to “chill” about 1000 times this year.
Being someone of faith, I’ve always known that my existence is an integral part of who I am. When I lost my job last year, I had to learn to separate who I was from my vocation. It was the healthiest thing I could have ever done for my spiritual and emotional health. It took nearly a year to find balance and healing in these areas.
I have been dreaming about how my part in the community could look different than I thought – different from traditional ministry as I knew it. What if my life, my family, my friends, my job, my entertainment, the way I serve, rest, and play all became integrated? What if the places I began to frequent became the very way I did ministry?
All of this to say that my waiting hasn’t been for nothing. I was “growing up.” Growing up requires aches/pains, awkward conversations, and stripping away of old patterns of thought/actions.
THIS TAKES TIME.
Here we are in the fall of 2021 and I am church planting. Now take everything you think about church planting, throw it out the window, and lean in…
What if we began to reimagine what was possible with the church? What if it means engaging with the people who are in direct proximity to where we live and flourish? What if we stopped trying to attract unbelievers to our spaces, and began instead, to create sacred spaces in the everyday places? The Church is shifting. Our old wineskins are bursting.
In December of 2020, these very questions led me to start a dialogue with my friend and Network Pastor of The Holy District. We began dreaming about what could be possible with a dialogue-centered gathering in Gilbert, Arizona focused on nurturing human connections. Picture an expression of the church that contributes both to the economic and spiritual well-being of a community. Envision local wineries, coffee shops, city parks, community centers, etc being utilized with a focused effort in building the Kingdom of God.
After having lived in Gilbert for 7 years I knew this was my next step. September 1st, I will be stepping into the role of Community Pastor for the Holy District in Gilbert, Arizona. If you are curious and want to know a bit more about the community we are forming in Gilbert, check out the Podcast that we recorded sharing more in-depth about our vision. Click here to listen on Spotify and here to listen on Apple Podcasts. We are actively seeking individuals to donate financially towards our first year of ministry expenses within the community. If you are interested in partnering with The Holy District, explore the website here and specify that you are looking to partner with The Holy District Gilbert.
Now you might think, wow that’s a lot happening! But more change is coming…
Back in January, I started a journey to empower women to see a more beautiful version of themselves. I spent hours in training to receive a certification for Life Coaching. My specialty is in helping you figure out where you want to go, determine your self-limiting beliefs, and creating a detailed plan of action to transform your life.
In November I will be launching an online 6-month coaching group for women with Ezer + Co.
This is perfect for me because Ezer + Co is on a mission to activate women to live and lead with wholeness. The 6-month coaching groups explore these 6 different dimensions of wholeness:
Each month will focus on one dimension of wholeness. I believe a small shift in one of these areas can result in massive changes in your life and leadership. These groups are about taking real action to unify your life and leadership. You won’t just be learning about wholeness and healing. You will be challenged to take actual healing steps towards wholeness.
If you are curious, set up an Activation Call with me to see if it’s a good fit! I am looking for 6-10 women for my November group.
If you made it this far, thank you.
I am so grateful that you have invested in me, in my family, and in my journey to be more like Jesus every day. Thank you for your support!