Our new opportunities (even during sabbatical) demand greater focus. Before my sabbatical, our board recommended I seek executive assistance to tighten our focus. To start the process, we hired non-profit consultant Craig Wong. Members of our team including myself have sojourned with Craig for years. While I was on sabbatical, he reviewed our internal documentation and began interviewing different Kingdom Rice volunteers. Pray for this process. I’m excited about what will emerge and how the process will impact our team and those we serve.
When I shifted my focus during sabbatical from the outward to the inward, I turned off my email for three months, and suspended all engagements except for my sabbatical team (church family, therapists, & directors) & closest non-Christian friends. My sabbatical blog was shared with them. I especially pray the blog provide a unique, special window to God’s Kingdom for my non-Christian friends. Now back in the saddle, I can intentionally engage people again. The last two weeks, I played at a local open mike and that opened up new relationships and personal spiritual conversations. And next week, I’m meeting with one of my proofreaders, Rev. Jacks of SF’s famous Unitarian Universalist church (SF named a street after their founder). As with my connections with Christian organizations and churches, I have more relationships than I have time for. Post-sabbatical, I’m tightening my focus on these relationships too. The more centered I am in God’s presence, the more I trust He will help me discern the organizations and people He’s prepared.
Altogether, I believe the past sabbatical and our ongoing consultant process are going to propel Kingdom Rice forward with unprecedented focus and stewardship. Currently, about 80% of our income comes from people who share our vision. I invite you to consider investing in the Lord’s work through Kingdom Rice as a monthly, quarterly, annual donor and/or with a special investment. Our work is timely because many churches, mission organizations, and seminaries are rethinking the very questions we have been bringing into every program. Our approach is innovative and unique; there are few organizations at the intersection of honor-shame theology and practice and coaching leaders to propagate this in a holistic, embodied way. Our giving website can be found by clicking here. There, you'll find ways to invest via credit card, Vanco, bill pay, check, or PalPal. All gifts are tax-deductible. Be blessed!
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Hallelujah & Happy Thanksgiving!