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I like to talk a big game about following Jesus and having the courage to go where God leads you. Over the years, I’ve challenged hundreds of people with that message. For the past couple of years, however, I have been ignoring my own voice.

It’s been easy to ignore. I’ve been in a comfortable place. My wife finished grad school and landed the kind of job that’s more than a job, my kids are healthy and happy, and the church I work with is a dynamite congregation that is not only a fun place to work, but a healthy family where it’s a pleasure to belong.

But, to tell you the truth, I’ve been restless.

For this (and other) reasons, I took a break in January. I had some stuff to sort out. Some of that sorting was vocational. Am I doing what I am supposed to be doing? Am I being the best steward of my life? Or am I on auto pilot? Am I too comfortable? Am I being disobedient in all this comfort?

The answers came back pretty clear. So I made some tough decisions — decisions that have now been announced to our church family and I wanted to tell our extended community of family and friends around the country as well:

I have made the decision to resign my six year ministry at Current — A Christian Church. My 18 year youth ministry career is also coming to a close. This is sad, because Current has been a tremendous experience. There’s more to say about that, and I’ll do so in a later post.

It’s also hard because after that many years of part- or full-time student ministry, I actually feel halfway decent at it. It has been a wild ride. There’s a lot to celebrate there. But again…that’s a whole other post.

Today, instead of focusing on what I’m leaving behind, let me tell you what I’m moving toward. 

NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP

The biggest challenge before me is to take our non-profit, The 25 Group, to the next level of influence. Since starting in 2014, we’ve given over $200,000 to ministries and nonprofits in 8 countries. We’ve funded nutrition centers and school buildings and water wells and safe houses. But there’s so much work left to be done. Still far too many who are hungry, thirsty, sick, without clothing, not welcomed, and imprisoned. We want to get a lot of people to give a little so we can do the most for the Kingdom. So starting July 1, I’m going full-time in executive leadership of our organization.

You can learn more about our work here.

COMMUNICATE THE GOSPEL

More than anything, I want to preach & teach the Gospel. By stepping out of my vocational role at Current, I’ll actually have more opportunities to preach and teach. It’s crazy to think that this is true — that I could preach/teach more by not working at a church, but in my particular case, it is. That’s exciting for me.

So, as of today, I’m for hire:

  • I am actively searching for a church that would consider hiring me as a teaching pastor on a contract basis. I could do this up to 15-20 weekends a year, depending upon the situation.
  • I am planning to schedule preaching dates on behalf of The 25 Group as well, using those opportunities to preach the Good News and how we can live out the Gospel in generosity and justice.

I would love to partner with your church or organization to come in and challenge people with the truth of Jesus. Let’s get the conversation started on how to make that happen.

(I’m also excited to be able to teach in various settings, including the GO Seminary of the Americas and as an adjunct professor at other institutions.)

YOUTH MINISTRY COACHING/MENTORING

I am stepping down from student ministry — sorta. One of the things I’m grieving is the idea that I won’t be fully engaged in the youth ministry world that I’ve been a part of for nearly two decades. This seems like a waste of experience, so I’ve got a few things planned:

  • I’m going to write a book. While I’m doing this mostly for my own self-reflection and processing, I think the finished product might be helpful to those just starting out. Aiming for a January 2018 release.
  • I’m available for coaching/mentoring with churches and youth ministers — especially rookies. If you know someone who is new or struggling, I’d love to help.
  • I’ll continue to contribute to YouthWorker Journalwork with Teen Sunday School Place, partner with CIY Move Conferenceand find other corners of the Kingdom in which to contribute in student ministry.

WEBSITE & WRITING

I have been preparing to make writing a more significant part of my life and ministry for years, slowly growing a platform from which to do so. Earlier this year my blog surpassed one million unique viewers. There is audience I can reach online that I’ll never reach in person. I want to lean into that, so I’m expanding my efforts to communicate via this website.

The blog will continue, but with a more consistent, wider variety of content. There will be posts, videos, and (eventually) podcasts, all designed to help the Church go deeper.

I think way too many people go to bed at night unfulfilled. They fear that haven’t only wasted their day, they are wasting their lives. Through preaching, writing, and giving, I want to inspire people to live deeper lives with Jesus. I want to help the Church stop playing church and invite those outside the Kingdom in.

I’m excited and scared.

It’s risky.

It’s uncertain.

But it’s high time I take my own advice and lean into — not run away from — that risk.

16 thoughts on “Taking My Own Advice

  1. Congratulations on stepping out and following your heart which leads people to Jesus – who want to – and you help. I think you and your wife and family are all wonderful gifts from God to all those who know you, personally know you and to whom are going to know you through your heart, your passion, for one and foremost our leader in God Jesus! I’ve been so unsettled here in the church department and I enjoy your blogs and look forward to learning more about what you do. Best of luck always! May God continue to bless you and your family and continue to bless you with your caring and giving hearts that you don’t even know touch people…..but they do!

  2. Wow, step of faith you are taking into new direction of ministry. May God bless you as you continue to write, teach, peach, represent missions, mentor, and live out your love for God in a different way.

  3. Congratulations Titus on this move to be even more effective in serving the Kingdom and the many people that your life will be able to touch. May God continue to lead you and direct your path!!

  4. How exciting Titus !! I’ve no doubt whatever you do, you will do well. I will never forget the years I spent with you in youth ministry. Brandon and I are so blessed to have been a part of that. I’m thankful that I can still call you with questions, struggles….I always value you’re wisdom and opinions, knowing it will be Biblically based and compassionate. I love the fact that we can chat on the phone just as if we were sitting face to face with a cup of coffee. I still love listening to your messages on line and the way you bring the truth to light with passion and love. Know that you will be in my prayers as you step out in faith the follow God’s leading. Love you

  5. Titus
    God’s used you in mighty ways to allow others all over the World to touch lives to make less “least of these” locally and globally! My life has been forever changed because of The 25 Group and your faith in what God called me to do through Hope Impacts.
    Brother, I can not wait to see how God is going to change this world through your love for Him and His people now!
    Thanks for answering the call and stepping into your destiny in faith. I know God is well pleased in all YOU have done and all you will do! Honored to serve with you!

  6. This is AWESOME to hear and sad at the same time brother!!! I know I will defanitly miss you as you were a big part of my life during one of my darkest hours. I love ya brother and I know God has some BIG and MASSIVE plans for you!! PLEASE PLEASE keep in touch!!! – Keeley….

  7. Good Luck on your new calling. It has been a pleasure to listen, learn and support your missions and the church. I know that when your doing God’s work, the right doors will open. Watch being overloaded. Balance is good for you and for all who depend on you.

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