Did you know… that I’ve been going to ministry school part time over the last three years?
Three years ago I walked on campus at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry as a student, and this May I graduate.
Here’s my confession… I haven’t let ANYONE contribute to my process, because of my fear of how this news would be received.
?“Would people think I’m quitting the Branning Group?” (I’m not)
?“Is my faith going to repel people?” (actually I’ve found that people resonate with me more, even if they don’t agree they get to know the ‘real me’)
…I’ve had a lot of other fears rolling around – so I keep quiet about my ministry school
But then I had a conversation with the manager of the charity that I volunteer with, and he really convicted me (in the nicest way possible)
See, as a part of my ministry school I’m going on a missions trip to New York in March (woo hoo!!) ?
And the school empowers students to fundraise for the cost of their trips ?
Dennis (the manager at IRIS) asked who started raising money for their trip, and noticed I did not raise my hand
He asked, “why haven’t you started?”
I replied, “well I don’t need to…”
Dennis: “are you only going to ask for people to partner with you when you ✨NEED✨ It or will you let people partner because they believe in you and want to support you?”
I held on to the limiting belief that I should only let people join me as supporters if I was in financial distress, and I should not ask for support if I could do it on my own.
But that keeps me isolated within the body of Christ and it locks people out from partnering with me
I wrestled with that conversation for over a week (I talked to Dennis last Thursday)
I don’t know if it was pride, fear, or a mix of both but the idea of sharing about my trip and inviting others to partner with me is super uncomfortable.
Then I had a conversation with another student that works for me at the Branning Group, and I shared my thoughts about this
She said, “I’d partner with you in heartbeat and donate to your trip, because I want to. Let me know if you’ll let others go on this journey with you.”
…”let others go with you.”
I have a heart for ministry and I believe that I can’t go it alone when it’s time to build something for the Kingdom
But I am not letting anyone build with me as I am starting my journey into ministry? Oof, that ain’t right
This is an invitation to join me on my trip to New York, and build with me as I step out
You can donate to my trip at this link: (all donations to my missions trip are tax deductible, FYI)
I’ll post updates when I’m on my trip, it’s going to be a blast to serve other churches, charities and organizations in New York for nine days ?
PS – sorry I didn’t share more about my ministry school earlier. If you have questions about it, feel free to message me
PPS – if you want me to pray for you I’d be honored to