attitudes and actions should never be determined by personal disappointment

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Moses experienced it, he let his disappointment determine his actions and attitude. When he was frustrated in the desert, Moses stroke the rock instead of speaking to it. Moses let his frustration show up beyond obedience. That action kept him from going into the promised land.

It’s obvious that the moral of the story is to obey God. And Moses eventually got it down.

Right before the Israelites were about to enter the promised land, Moses turned the reigns of his leadership to Joshua. He obeyed God who was not letting him enter the promised land.

I put myself in Moses shoes and it would be hard. Here’s this guy who endured criticism and rebellion from the people that he was leading. The same people who got the whole Israelite nation detoured from their destination for 40 years because of their lack of faith and disobedience.

And after going through all of that he doesn’t even get to reap in the benefits. Wouldn’t that seem unjust?

But Moses seems at peace. I’m sure he would’ve liked making into the land, but the Lord had spoken.

My prayer is to be more like Moses and show obedience and also to stop my attitudes and actions from being determined by personal disappointment. And it’s hard to obey and trust but God knows what he’s doing.

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Taking a Break This Week

October 29, 2013 — 1 Comment

This week I’m taking a break from blogging on this site.

It’s not for any crazy circumstances, I’m just using the week to gather some thoughts and analytics to work on better material for the future.

Also, I’m working on a few freelance projects and don’t have much time outside my regular work schedule.

I hope you understand!

See you next week.


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This week I’m featuring my interview with Jared Callais about ministry, creativity and church communications. Jared is the Communicacations Director at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Most church creatives are gifted in more than one skill. Whether it’s video, graphics, lighting, etc, how did you learn?

My strongest skill is graphic design since that’s what I went to school for. Everything else has been learned from experience, blogs, and books.

What’s your primary role at your home church?
Oversee all communication outlets & design all media (print & digital)

When did you start doing creative ministry? Did you ever volunteer at your church (or any other church) before becoming part of the staff?
I’ve been on staff for about 4.5 years. Before that, I did work for a couple churches and ministries while I was in school and in the period of time right after I graduated.

How has your role evolved since you came on staff?
The first year or so was pretty much figuring out what my job was. After a supervisor transition, I was given Less Clutter. Less Noise. by Kem Meyer and that was a pretty big game changer. Over time, I’ve realized just how far reaching the discipline of communication reaches.

Mention some challenges that you’ve had since being part of creative ministry.
Most of the challenges I’ve faced are all about perception. Working with so many different ministry leaders who all have their own events and needs, it’s difficult to prioritize it all and help them understand those priorities while still helping them feel like their needs have been addressed and communicated effectively.

Mention your biggest accomplishment (or more) since being part of creative ministry
I don’t think I really have one. I’m always excited to launch a new project. As of right now, we’re about to launch a 40-day time of prayer in our church and so I’ve been working on what goes in people’s hands on the Sunday we launch, how we’re going to keep people engaged throughout the process, etc.

What’s the one thing you wish you knew before you started in church communications?
I wish I would’ve known how to manage time better. It never slows down. For a couple years I kept thinking that after the next big project things would slow down and they never have.

Do you have any ministry mentors?
I’d probably say Justin Wise. Since I’ve been reading/learning about how to do my job, the content he produces is probably the most valuable that I’ve come across.

What advice would you give to someone who’s starting out?
It’s an incredibly fun job. It can also be an incredibly stressful job. Be gracious. Make time to really talk to the people you work with.

Jared Callais

Jared is the Communications Director at Brainerd Baptist Church. He lives his wife and three awesome kids in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

You can check out Jared’s blog where he shares how he gets things done, what he’s learned along the way and trusted resources.

Follow Jared on Twitter @JaredCallis

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