Here’s the thing. God has changed me. I have been online as a blogger since 2011. But over the last year-and-a-half my entire mindset and belief about online ministry has changed. I’ve got a lot to say about that. But it really boils down to this — I am not interested in building a platform or building a blog or building social networks.
I am interested in building people.
That can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But what it means for me is — I care more about seeing you fulfill your purpose in God, than I care about the number of followers that I have.
I’ve had a love-hate relationship with social networks ever since I joined one. I realized my particular frustration is because I prefer face-to-face conversations and feeling a connection to the person I am “speaking” with.
Clearly, it is a whole different dynamic online, but I don’t want to be just a broadcaster. I want there to be an exchange. I want to engage with the people I am sharing with. I’ve never been good with small talk.
I am a sit-and-chat-over-coffee kinda girl. I like talks to go deep, and I also love to listen. I love to be one-on-one, or sit at round-table-conversations. Frankly, if I am going to stay online as a blogger, I need more of that.
I made the decision to go deeper rather than wider.
I have the heart of a mentor. I have no doubt, many of you do too.
“Mentoring concentrates on the needs of the one being mentored, not on the agenda of the mentor.” — David A. Stoddard
Mentoring is a big deal to me. It’s a calling I’m embracing. Mentoring isn’t one sided. It’s an exchange and a learning process and an opportunity for growth for all involved.
For me, regarding online ministry, I made the decision to tailor it for that purpose — mentoring others. I have ideas about how I can initiate mentoring environments online. They would be focused and discussion rich and tailored. Engagement, defined as establishing meaningful contact or connection with others, matters to me.
There’s a new online mentoring ministry starting.
This new mentoring ministry is not beginning with a big launch with all the bells and whistles. I do, however, have clear direction about the name, new website, which is coming soon, and new places on social networks.
It is all starting small and quiet, and I like it that way. I’m not interested in stressing over building websites and a following. I am interested in helping people build the lives they are called to build, live, and lead in God.
Over the last year I have seen God take what I thought were all these random pieces of my life, from the whole course of my life, and converged them into a pointed focus. His. He’s shaped me, with my participation and permission, for His purpose. I have been amazed.
The Pointed Life.
From this process, that truly has been lifelong, The Pointed Life has been formed. It’s still a baby, and there is so much more to be developed. But this is a step I am sure of. It is a new beginning.
The Pointed Life will be getting its own website soon. For now you can follow @ThePointedLife on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Also, Sign-up for “The Pointed Life” monthly updates by clicking here.
Let me answer the question, what is “The Pointed Life” all about?
The Pointed Life exists to equip and encourage women to shape and point every area of their life toward their God given purpose, providing a focus on mentoring the individual.
Will you take time to visit the new, albeit, temporary page for The Pointed Life? Will you leave a comment letting me know what you think about all of this? Also, tell your friends about this. Someone you know might be interested.