A Fork in the Road

Some of you may have seen my tweet last Thursday, August 18, 2011. If not, let me repeat it for you:

‘For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give yout a future filled with hope’ – Jeremiah 29:11

Do you know that you know that you are on the right path for your life’s journey? Several times through the years I have been told by various people that I need to be in Ministry. Immediately my thought was “NO, I don’t want to be a pastor!” At the time, that’s all I thought Ministry was.

God gave me insight into Ministry by allowing me to lead worship in our church for over 10 years. I loved music. I loved God. I was allowed to combine my loves to serve Him! But, this was only the beginning.

Five years ago I began a journey combining Ministry and Technology when I embarked upon on a mission trip to Ghana, Africa. My sole purpose was to teach high school age students about computers. It was there that I saw my true pathway into Ministry. That experience opened my eyes to a whole new world of Ministry. Technology. Who knew that Technology could have a role in Ministry? Certainly not me.

For the past 3+ years, my role as the I.T. Director at Grace Family Church (GFC) has been and exciting step in that journey. I have learned so much about I.T., Leadership, and Ministry while here at GFC. We’ve virtualized our servers, we’ve changed Church Management Systems, we’ve integrated Macs with Active Directory, we’ve mobilized checkin, we’ve planted 2 churches, we’re getting ready to launch the Dream Center of Tampa Bay in Tampa’s inner city, and I’ve established so many awesome relationships with the staff ot GFC and also within the Church IT Roundtable (CITRT) community. So much has been accomplished and I’m thankful to the leadership at GFC for allowing me to polish these skills and build the while on their watch.

That leads to the next fork in the road along my Ministry Journey. I’ve had the opportunity to serve the church on a local level through 10 years of leading worship and now 3+ years as an I.T. Director at GFC. Through much prayer, unending conversations with my awesome wife, and the wise counsel of many who are close to us, we have decide to direct our Journey off of the GFC path and take the path to Fellowship Technologies, part of the Active Network. It is there where I will be serving churches all around the United States (and possibly the world) as an Implementation Manager. In this role I’ll be helping churches implement Fellowship Technologies’ Fellowship One Church Management Software. (The cool part… I get to do this from the comfort of my own home! We don’t have to move to the Dallas, TX area where their offices are located.) This software “helps churches become more effective in ministry and more efficient in administration.” For an overview of what they do, checkout this video:

With all of that being said, Grace Family Church will be looking for a new I.T. Director. If you are interested in applying for this position, please stay tuned. I’ll update this post with a link to the job posting as soon as it is available at http://gfconline.com.

I’m excited about what God has done in my life and I can’t wait to see what He has in store for me next. He knows what he has planned for my life! He won’t harm me! He will prosper me! He has already given me a future filled with hope! I KNOW that I’m on the right path for my life’s journey!

Finally – will you pray for April, our girls, and I as we begin down this path? We have already felt the prayers many of you have lifted up for us.

Oh, and #CITRT friends – I’ll still be in IRC… I can’t thank you guys (and girls) enough for your support and friendship! You have made my Church IT experience a true joy!


13 Responses to A Fork in the Road

  1. Amy says:

    Scott, SUPER excited for you (and for April and the girls)!! God has his hands in this!! Congratulations!!

  2. Peter says:

    Congrats, Scott! Welcome aboard!

  3. Bravo! Could not possibly be more thrilled for you. See you at church!

  4. Bill @gtaogwebmin says:

    Scott. Congratulations friend

  5. Aunt Lois Stiver says:

    Scott, may God bless you in what He has in store for all of your lives in this new Ministry. I’m sure all the preparation and study you have put into getting to this stage of your journey has been worthwhile. Aunt Lois

  6. Emily says:

    Truly inspiring…I love the faith you have.

  7. Mom2 & Dad2 says:

    Thank God for the fork in the road that brought you into our family Scott. We are so proud of you and how you love and take care of our girls. We look forward to seeing you travel this new path and will pray for you all. We’re available to watch the girls anytime April travels with you! Love ya.

  8. Joe Watts says:

    Wow! Welcome aboard Scott!

  9. Bethany Natzke says:

    Interesting! Good luck to you. The verse you quote above is my very favorite and one to live by.

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