For the last few of weeks, the blog has been rather quiet.
There is a reason for that.
I do not usually publish many personal posts, but over the last couple of weeks, I have experienced a major transition in my life. A few months ago, I wrote a letter about the end of my time the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) at Valdosta State University.
Many of my friends and family may know that I had always planned on transitioning back to Louisiana in order to pursue a PhD at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). I had started discussions with my church family at Vintage Church about what work and ministry would look like when I returned.
As my BCM internship wound down, however, I received a message about a job opportunity that I never would have sought or expected had it not found me. A representative from the North American Mission Board (NAMB) contacted me about a job in public relations with the organization.
Given that God called me to vocational ministry, I did not initially read “public relations” and think “Wow, what a great ministry opportunity.” But the timing seemed too odd for me to ignore. As I got more information, I was surprised by the fact that the job description excited me.
One of the amazing things about interning with a BCM in Georgia was that I got to see some of the behind-the-scenes work that went in to accomplishing ministry cooperatively across a large region. The ministry staff met regularly throughout the year to pray together and plan state-wide events in order to accomplish more together than they could ever do on their own.
Seeing and participating in that stirred up a desire to be a part of ministry on that level, and the opportunity with NAMB gave me a chance to serve in ministry within the larger network of the Southern Baptist Convention.
As I prayed, fasted, and waited, I could not help but sense that the Holy Spirit was leading me to NAMB. I went through the interview process, and that sense was only confirmed as I spoke with different people in the organization. So when they offered the job two weeks ago, I accepted.
On July 16, I became a public relations specialist with the North American Mission Board.
While I knew that the Lord had led me to the position, saying “yes” to NAMB meant saying “no” to some other opportunities. Specifically, it meant saying “no” to making a return to New Orleans in order to serve and minister alongside a church and a seminary family whom I love dearly.*
Yet, saying “yes” to NAMB also meant making a return home. The offices of NAMB were practically in my back yard where I grew up in north Georgia, just north of Atlanta. Working with NAMB gives me a chance to work within a network that seeks to reach all of North America, but the location also gives me a chance to minister to and reach my hometown.
After being away from Alpharetta and Cumming for the better part of the last five years, I return home with a different set of eyes. My heart for ministry has grown, and my ability to lead in ministry has grown.
My experiences with Vintage Church, NOBTS, and with the BCM have taught me so much, and I am extremely thankful for those who have poured into my life these last few years.
To my friends and family who are still in the North Fulton/Forsyth area, I am excited to be with you again.
Let’s get to work.