I’ve been working remotely for almost five years now. I love the flexibility that allows me to be able to work from home, while traveling, and with a team that is distributed around the world. In the process, I’ve learned the need for tools to collaborate, organize, systematize and personalize connections. In this episode, I’m talking about three essential tools my team and I have been using, that may also help you work more effectively. How about you? What tools do you and your team use?
I have some BIG news that I'm excited to share with you all. We are moving our family to New York! To be more specific we're moving to Brooklyn. We're exchanging our 2 story house on a cul de sac for a 2 bedroom, 700 square foot, 3rd floor walk up apartment in Park Slope. Our lives are about to radically change!
As I have shared this news with others, the two questions that I immediately get is: What are you going to do in New York? and Are you leaving Community Bible Church? I am absolutely not leaving CBC. I will continue to serve Community Bible Church as the Innovation Pastor remotely while traveling back to San Antonio monthly. I will also continue in my role as a consultant with various ministries and organizations around the country.
Now, to the more important question that I continue to get: WHY are we moving to New York?
There are many reasons, but first and foremost this move is about our family. This has been a dream that Katie and I have had for many years since we first went on a Spring Break mission trip to New York while dating in college. We fell in love with the city and have been inspired by it in so many ways over the years. We love the culture, diversity, energy, creativity, and so much more! We desire for our daughters to gain a perspective of this world that we believe can only be gained my entrenching ourselves into the culture of the city. Katie and I desire to gain the perspective for ourselves.
Our move to New York is not just about our family though. Over the past year I have been meeting with a life coach and clarifying my calling. Honestly, I feel that I'm very much in the middle of my calling, and it sounds far fetched, but I feel called to make a global impact with the gospel by maximizing technology. As I look at all that God has done through OnlineChurch.com over the past 4 years I am humbled and overwhelmed by the global gospel impact that we are making, but also continue to believe that God is just getting started! It is my goal to maximize our move to New York to dig into the city's culture of diversity and innovation. New York is a magnet for innovators and thought leaders that I plan to be very intentional and strategic to engage. The city is the most diverse in the world and considered by many to be the "Capital of the World." As I strive to reach the world, I must better understand it and the uniquenesses of all cultures to more effectively impact and influence them with the gospel.
So, how did this all come about? About 6 months ago Katie and I began to discuss and pray about this move as a serious option. I'm not a risk taker and very much a realist, so to be honest I was very pessimistic initially. Along the way God began to confirm this leading and open significant doors. Most significantly were conversations with my pastors Chris Emmitt and Robert Emmitt. While both were understandably surprised, their openness to the idea and support for our family has been overwhelming. 4 years ago they took an incredible risk on me as a leader and have empowered, encouraged, and invested in my beyond what I can describe. I can't tell you how blessed I feel to be able to call them my pastors and my friends. From conversations to various practical details coming together it is clear to us that God is at the center of this move.
Now, the adventure begins. The Budget truck has been loaded and I will hit the road in the morning. I promise to update this blog regularly about our move and the inspiration that I gain both personally and professionally. I ask that you will be praying for my family throughout this transition and for God to move in a powerful way through this step of faith that we are taking.