If I am honest with myself, and you, it has been a difficult journey. Two years ago I was ecstatic with the news that I was accepted to be a part of the Christian Associates (CA) team in Brussels. I started training and fundraising for the new adventure, but things weren’t coming together for me. I spent many long days and nights talking to God; asking question after question about what I was missing? Why aren’t things working out? Should I keep going down the path to full time missions? Finally I decided Brussels wasn’t where I was supposed to be, but I was afraid that I was running away from something just because it was difficult.
During this time I was also having many conversations with the Human Resources Director for CA. One afternoon I sat at my computer and began a skype conversation with the HR director, and I was scared. I was afraid to tell her that I thought the door to Brussels for me should be closed, but before I was able to bring it up, she did! I was relieved to know that it was a mutual decision, but immediately I started wondering what was next for me. Before I was able to ask, I was being offered a position on the training team for CA. I have always had a heart for training (probably with my background in education), so I jumped at the opportunity!
In January of 2012 I came on as part time staff with Christian Associates working 8 hours a week as the Training Special Projects Coordinator. Since January I have been helping with a lot of the prep and follow up for the three types of trainings we have with in CA; Soul Care, Team, and Culture. I have also streamlined the training manual.
While all of this was happening I started volunteering with Serve the City (STC) Baltimore and eventually joined the lead team, also as a volunteer.
As my passion and excitement grew for my new CA position and Serve the City Baltimore, I knew I needed to make a change. After more praying and more conversations with CA and STC, I am beyond excited to announce that starting October 1st I will be joining full time staff with Christian Associates; splitting my time between the CA Special Projects Coordinator and being the second ever staff person for Serve the City Baltimore!
Half of my time will be spent working for Christian Associates is a church planting organization that started planting primarily in Europe, but now has extended church plants into North America and Latin America. I will continue to help with prep and follow up for the trainings. I have recently been trained to be the Team Intensive Training Facilitator for North America. I have been certified by Gallup to be a StrengthsFinderTM coach. I will be adding StrengthsFinder coaching in the team trainings and begin one-on-one sessions with CA staff. My newest project is to begin running training webinars within CA. I have been told that this will be my new baby, so I’ll let you know how it goes! J
The other half of my time will be spent working for Serve the City Baltimore. Serve the City is inspired by Jesus, but open to all. We look to bring grace and mercy to the city by partnering with organizations that are already doing great things around Baltimore. We help provide volunteers to help the existing local organizations reach their goals. This summer STC Baltimore hosted 5 teams from Virginia, Ohio, South Carolina, and Maryland!
Once I come on staff I will be building more partnerships between STC and organizations throughout Baltimore. One of my dreams for this new position is to approach big businesses within Baltimore and offer to host/plan a volunteer day for their staff. Another dream is to get some of the Baltimore Ravens involved with Serve the City!