Divergent Paths Converge

Nine years ago I graduated from Taylor University and dreamed of what would come next. As I sweated through the humid Indiana summer working at a lumber yard, I wondered what the future would look like. What would marriage be like? What would we do for a living? What would the next ten years look like? Hillary and I were married that August and the last nine years has been a fun adventure. Sitting there on the forklift in the lumber yard, I could have never guessed where we would be today.

I am almost a year into my role here at First Presbyterian Church in Champaign, Illinois and another change has come. Interestingly, this new development makes the last nine years fit together into one path instead of divergent paths. With some staff transitions at our church, we realized that there were some important systems in the church that needed to be addressed. Through various discussions and prayer, we have decided to add another component to my current role of Family Ministry Director. I am now the Director of Family Ministry and Administration. On top of overseeing our great Family Ministry Team, I will also be overseeing the day-to-day operations of the church. I get the opportunity to work with our great Operations Team in overseeing technology, facilities, communication and staff management.

I have wondered how my experiences running a coffee shop and working for Apple Retail would fit into my future roles. There were definitely times that I felt like these were just fun distractions from what I was really supposed to be doing. Now I believe that each of these roles were a key part of preparing me for the job that I am now doing at First Presbyterian. Running a business and dealing with all of the details that come with that prepared me for dealing with church finances. Working in Apple Retail and seeing a company that expertly trains and develops its employees prepared me to step into a staff management position. These were not distractions from my calling but fit perfectly into what God is calling me to do now.

I am excited to see how I will learn and grow in this new role. I get the awesome opportunity to work with a talented team and see what God can do in and through us. I am thankful for all the opportunities that God has given me and how these seemingly divergent paths are actually converging into this new role.


About joelnewton

I am a husband to Hillary, a father to Anna and Norah

Posted on May 24, 2011, in Personal. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow, Joel! Congratulations! So exciting when God blesses you in some way and it all comes together! He’s an amazing, good God!

  2. I think this is a great move for you, Joel. Congrats!

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