Hi Friends! I hope the New Year, New Thing series helped you kick off 2016 with a bang. While those amazing writers were filling up my blog all month, I was contemplating what comes next for Do A New Thing.
Something that happened back in December kept ringing in my spirit. A friend posted in a Facebook group:
In search of Christian Business/Life/Ministry Coaches to follow – those who write about applying God’s Word/truths to your business/ministry goals (with verse references). Anyone? Thanks in advance!
My first thought was, “Hey! That’s me!” My second thought was, “Hey, why is she posting that? She KNOWS that’s what I do.”
That sounds a little selfish, I know. It’s important for people to get input from different viewpoints. And this particular friend is most generous and one of my biggest cheerleaders.
As my bruised feelings gave way to reflection, my next thought was, “Is that really me?” It’s what I want to be. A resource providing exactly what she asked for: applying God’s Word/truths to your business/ministry goals (with verse references). But was I doing that?
And the honest answer was no. Not to the degree I wanted. When I examined what I was doing, I found it was good, helpful information on a bunch of topics but only had occasional, vague references to God or other spiritual things.
I had gotten off track a bit. Caught up in numbers and reach and page views and “content marketing”, I tried to go wide and cast a big net. In the process, I was also going shallow.
God spoke gently in my heart. “I didn’t ask you to serve the masses. I asked you to serve my girls. The ones who have a passion for reaching hearts through words and businesses that honor Me.”
The ones who are confused by the volume of information and resources available.
The ones who have ideas bursting from their heads.
The ones overwhelmed by all.the.things.
So I’m committing to cast a narrower net and you can hold me accountable. Here is what to expect from Do A New Thing and if I’m not doing it, please call me out!
A Tighter Focus
You are a strong, smart, capable business or ministry leader. Do you realize that even if your ministry is “just” you and a blog, you are a LEADER? Even if you are “just” a volunteer in a larger ministry, you are a LEADER?
On the blog, we’ll explore various aspects of leading and growing your ministry, managing the tension between being a business-minded ministry and a ministry-minded business, equipping you to be more effective. It will be a mix of inspiration, encouragement and practical, actionable information.
Steeped in Scripture
Every blog post will have a strong focus on Biblical principles. Because you know what? I believe God cares about every detail of what you are doing.
He cares about whether you use Canva or PicMonkey.
He cares about your Etsy shop.
He cares about the header on your website.
Not necessarily because God has a preference of one resource or another, but because He is deeply interested in your decision-making process. Are you being consistent with your calling? Considerate of where you are investing your time and your money? God cares about all those things and His Word gives us guidance as we ponder the many decisions we make every day.
I’m the first to admit I am new at this. While I’m pretty good at figuring out the techie things, I’m not an expert on running an online ministry or business. But I am learning something new every day. So occasionally on the blog will be Lessons Learned. I’ll share about the products, books and other resources I am using to build my website and business. These Lessons Learned posts may contain affiliate links, but I promise I will only write about things I am actually using and my opinions will be honest, including the pros and cons of every resource I share.
Maybe the only difference between me and you is that all those ideas marching around in my head don’t overwhelm or confuse me. They are in nice neat little rows, each one waiting its turn to be first in line.
If you need help turning the tornado of ideas into those neat little rows, I’d be honored to work with you. I am so thankful for those who have trusted me with their vision and allowed me to join hands in their ministry. Because that’s what we do. We work together to make your God-sized dream a reality. Click around the site to learn about my Services, Packages and Special Offers. Let me know how I can help.
Faith-Centered Courses and Resources
I want to help equip you for excellence in online ministry. As I learn more about what you need to be more productive and effective, I’ll create something to help. Some will be free and some will be available for purchase. But all of them filtered through God’s Word. We’ll navigate this together!
I’m so thankful my friend asked the question that changed my direction. It’s kinda narrow and might not appeal to you. I may lose subscribers and page views. But that’s ok.
God didn’t call me to serve the masses. He called me to serve his girls.
And if you are one of his girls who wants to go deep into being an effective Christian business or ministry leader, stick around. We’ll learn to do that together.
Now I want to hear from you. What are your biggest challenges? Topics and conundrums I can research and share?
This week, I am linking up with Kelly Balarie at #RaRaLinkup, Crystal Storms at #IntentionalTuesday, Jaime Wiebel at #SittingAmongFriends, Susan Mead at #DanceWithJesus, and Holley Gerth at #CoffeeForYourHeart