church, cultural issues, emerging adulthood, ministry

You (Almost) Lost Me: Why This Young Christian Is Somehow Not Leaving Church…And Rethinking Faith

2015 may be late in the game to be bringing up David Kinnaman's 2011 bestseller You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church...And Rethinking Faith. But last week I attended the "Prone to Wander: Ministry to Millennials" conference at Dallas Theological Seminary, which was keynoted by thought leader Gabe Lyons and which alluded to Kinnaman's work. Seeing as I both am… Continue reading You (Almost) Lost Me: Why This Young Christian Is Somehow Not Leaving Church…And Rethinking Faith

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emerging adulthood

The Gap Year(s): Why I’m Glad I’ve Taken Time Off From Higher Education

When I graduated from college, countless classmates were headed to grad school -- M.Eds, MDs, MBAs, MAs, MDivs, you name it. Well-intentioned professors urged me to do the same. I wanted to be a people-pleaser (and certainly a professor-pleaser!) as always...but just couldn't shake the feeling that for some reason I wasn't ready yet. Embarrassed, I moved home to my parents' house (and later… Continue reading The Gap Year(s): Why I’m Glad I’ve Taken Time Off From Higher Education

community, emerging adulthood, mental health & wellness

7 Ways to Be A Good Mentor

Apparently January is National Mentoring Month!  And I love that. I love pausing to acknowledge that I wouldn't be at all who I am today personally or professionally without my mentors. I love that they've offered far more nuggets of wisdom, cups of coffee, listening ears, and respect than I deserve. And I love paying attention… Continue reading 7 Ways to Be A Good Mentor

emerging adulthood, mental health & wellness, spiritual

Imagination and Fear of the Future

A black hole of nothingness. That's how one of my college roommates once described life after college. She couldn't see what came after graduation, so all she could picture was...nothing. And, secretly, for quite a while, I agreed. Despondent, I would stare into a blank journal or a career aptitude test or the face of… Continue reading Imagination and Fear of the Future

church, community, emerging adulthood, ministry, personal, Scripture, spiritual, work & vocation

The Beecherl-Corrigan Fellows Program: A Year of Community & Calling

In one week, I'll be embarking on a 9-month journey of aiming to live out the very 2 topics I've addressed lately on the blog: community and calling. Specifically, in one week, I'll be starting a program called the Beecherl-Corrigan Fellows Program, based out of Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, TX. The Beecherl-Corrigan Fellows… Continue reading The Beecherl-Corrigan Fellows Program: A Year of Community & Calling