When you move around as much as I do, you meet a lot of different people. What I've found is that I love "real" people. I'm talking about people who are not afraid to be vocal about their imperfections, people who make the rest of us feel like we're not alone in our flaws. I love these people and I love connecting them to others. While having conversations about the needs of a ministry, there are so many instances when our contributors say, "I know a guy..." You could be one small connection away from the ability to achieve your dream; one connection can elevate you to the next level, whether that's scoring the next big account, reaching more people in your community, or something entirely different. My hope is to connect great people who desire to make a difference in this world. Life is better when you surround yourself with people who lift you up and I want to help connect those people.
No matter how talented you are, you need a second set of skilled eyes on your work. It doesn't matter how many times you read your own writing, you always need a Jillian. Jillian is a Florida-based writer/editor with a passion for helping people improve their craft. She is our skilled eye looking over our websites, blogs, and books. If there are typos or grammatical errors in our work, we didn't get it to Jillian first and we will be punished accordingly. She added that last clause; we aren't sure if she is joking.
Meet Jon Brown. @PJon has been in ministry for over 13 years and has been a positive influence in countless young people's lives in that time. When you watch him in his element, you understand that Jon wants young people to encounter the real God in a real way. Jon uses his experiences from the past to help mentor other youth pastors and encourage them as they function as lights in their communities. While some guys are focused on big names and who they can impress, Jon has dedicated himself to giving opportunities to and raising up the next generation of communicators.
These days it seems like everyone wants the fame without actually doing anything to deserve it. Reality TV has made stars out of nobodies, breeding an "I could be next" mentality among an entire generation. The aftermath: the flood of shameless self-promotion via social media, that is, at best, an illusion of substance. While I am the first to admit that exposure has its value, that exposure means nothing if you don't have the character, talent, drive, and quality work to back it up. I have never been after the fame, as I've always understood the value of being "behind the scenes," strategically positioning myself as a crucial asset in making it all happen.
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