Friday is one of the days I point toward other people’s ministry. It’s one of the ways I try to cultivate selflessness in my life. I normally do this through linking up other bloggers. Today, though, I want you to meet a couple of my good friends who are taking a great step toward vocational ministry and living out the gospel among those who haven’t been reached. Keep reading to find out how you can pray for and partner with them.
I’m not going to lie, this is a little strange because you don’t know me. My name is Travis Whitehead, and my passion is to reach those who don’t know Christ – the unengaged, uninterested, jaded, and angry – and share with them the gospel. I want to plant a church that plants churches that plants churches, that builds up and disciples believers and then sends them out to do the same. I want these churches to be in the United States and to work building up the Church overseas through long-term evangelism and training native believers to disciple their neighbors and cities.
Ok, so to keep me from getting burned out (again) with all of the things I feel I need to be involved in, I’m going to have to structure writing a bit differently. Namely, writing less. Or at least posting less often. Because I don’t want to waste my readers’ time checking for new posts when there aren’t any, I’ll put my tentative plan below so that you’ll both know when to check for new posts and how to best pray for my sanity.
It’s been a while since I’ve written anything, or even read anything for that matter. I was really committed to posting daily, and did so for about a month or more. Then I felt the weight of that commitment. I felt the work behind it get to me. Not just the work to sit down and write after already spending eight hours at my real job, though that was definitely part of it. I felt myself reaching for words where it seemed like there were none, just so I could write every day, instead of really seeking and searching out what/if I should write. And more than that, I felt the weight of reality. I tangibly felt the pressure of preaching a much better gospel than I was capable of living.
Well, it seems like I’ve been writing non-stop for the past month, and when I don’t write for a day it feels like a week. That said, I feel like I’ve finally reached a point where I see this space both as ministry and worship, even if both of those only apply to my own heart. While I’m going to do my best to keep writing every day, there are some upcoming changes that may affect that, and I thought I’d take time to share those here.
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