Today was my first day returning to Exodus International. For those that may not be aware, I worked there from June 3rd 2002 until August 3rd of 2011. I left to pursue various options. I genuinely discerned the Lord leading me to do so and am deeply grateful for the experience. Today, 13 months later, I enthusiastically embraced the call to return to Exodus as their Executive Vice President.
The past year has been difficult. No lie there. At the same time, it was incredibly rewarding. My artwork didn’t take off like I had hoped but my online consulting, blogging and video work sure did. Not only did it pay the bills, I had (am having) a blast with all of that. It was a lot of fun to watch those efforts steadily grow even through the dips and curves of self-employment.
I thoroughly enjoy online life and have been very happy to serve my clients in building and growing their online communities. While I will not be able to carry my full client list while moving back into the Exodus job (or take new clients) I do hope to continue to help a handful of my clients.
Sidenote: If you are a client reading this, don’t worry! I won’t leave you high and dry. In fact if I haven’t talked to you yet it is my hope we can figure out a way to either transition out in a way that is most helpful for you or continue. We’ll talk .
Back to the post …
At the beginning of this year I was able to attend the Exodus Leadership conference and while I was there my heart was stirred with vision again. Then as Alan began speaking very honestly and publicly about grace, temptations, struggles, effective ministry and so much more, I got more and more excited for Exodus. Then, at the Exodus “Made for More” Freedom conference, I genuinely wanted to get back involved in a significant way. While I had been hired to do some contract work a couple of months before, I began seriously praying about how I could best contribute to Exodus.
I wrestled with that thought quite a bit on a couple of occasions. But even then my heart and ideas for the ministry kept growing.
I didn’t have to come back to Exodus, I already had a job I was enjoying and loved. Even so, I do believe the Lord was preparing me to return over the past few months. As a result I will bring all that I have learned over the past year, and of course my previous 9 year work history with Exodus, with me. I am truly excited to see what the Lord is going to continue to accomplish in and through Exodus.
As Alan mentioned in the public statement about all of this today, Jeff and Angela Buchanan have moved on to take a position with a church in Pennsylvania. They are an incredible couple and very talented. I wish nothing but God’s very best for them in their new endeavor. I will miss Jeff’s wit and Angela’s encouragement and creativity. They are an incredible couple and their new church is blessed to have them.
I am also terribly excited for Chris Stump becoming Communications Director. He’s a great guy. To see him go from an intern to Communications Director is truly a blessing. Plus, my favorite Leah is stepping up to take on more responsibility as well. She is a true joy to be around and work with.
I genuinely love the Exodus team. They are a *good* crew.
While all of this just flowed together so … amazingly … it is humbling to be able to return to Exodus. The Lord closed the door in August of 2011 and re-opened it once again. I walk through it hopefully wiser, a sharpened/expanded skill set, and with a ton of renewed vision.
The future looks bright.