Ramblings from the Desert….

I’m almost a year into a journey that has included time away from being on a church staff. desertIt has been strange to experience (in some ways) a “normal” church member experience. The disorientation of this journey has been a desert of sorts. It has removed me from most of the normal ministry circles, the “Christian Subculture” that can slowly envelope you in a 15 year span of ministry.

This is not a “I’ve left the church and I am glad I did post”. I love what I do with NNYM and have an even bigger heart to serve churches and help them work together to further the Gospel. In my new role, as I work a 9-5 job while I raise support, I feel that I have been pulled to the desert to learn some things, like Paul mentions in Galatians 1. I only wish I was as receptive as Paul was (or maybe he wasn’t and God kept him there longer so he would learn). There are days I thank God for the experience of being “in the real world again” outside of church politics and subculture. Other days, I beg and plead God for the means to do what I see as the eventual calling full time. Still other days, I question if I’ve even heard God correctly, or maybe I have. Even in the desert, there is an occasional rain shower in-between the dust storms.

I know I have much to learn. Pray that during this time I learn it well to serve others better, because we are Better Together. 


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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at SimplyYouthMinistry.com and on the Kindle Store.

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