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my plans for 2010 (and beyond?)

ok, time to go public with my plans.

after a few months of prayerful discernment, loads of phone calls and face-to-face meetings to seek input and refine my thinking, and a good deal of new clarity about what i am not called to (as well as what i am called to), i’ve landed on a plan, at least for the rest of this year (though maybe longer). it’s a bit confusing, to be honest, because there are a bunch of aspects to this that allow me to create some space for the wide variety of things i love to do.

part 1
but, the bottom line is that i’m launching a consulting business aimed at the sweet spot of helping organizations with a justice/relief/global issues/education focus with anything pertaining to youth and young adults. i’ll also work with publishers and other organizations, if those came up. i’ve got some great stuff percolating at the moment, with work for a relief agency, a missions group, and a publisher for whom i’m developing a couple bible concepts in this sweet spot.

part 2
i’m going to continue speaking (primarily to youth and youth ministry events), which involves opening my calendar for the rest of this year. and i’ll continue one-off church consulting. these things both supplement my income as i try to get the consulting thing going, but i also love doing them. i’ve got some great stuff on the calendar between now and the end of may, but need to start booking some things for the summer and fall (and, i still really need to find a couple more opportunities per month in march, april and may!). i’ll blog about my speaking calendar in the days to come. i’ve also had a blast with a few one- and two-day church consulting opportunities, and hope i can some more of those.

part 3
writing. i’ve been wanting to take a step, as an author, to write something for church leaders or general christian living. i signed with a literary agent, and we sifted through a couple dozen ideas i had this past week. we’ve landed on one for now, and i’m going to flesh out that proposal and see where it goes.

part 4
i’m going to launch a year-long youth ministry coaching program i blogged about the other day. i’m hoping this will also grow into something bigger, with multiple sites; but i won’t know that until i test it once here in san diego.

i think it’s highly unlikely that i won’t want to stay 100% freelance guy for the rest of my life; and i’m thinking that, a year from now, i may be looking to either embed myself into an organization with a global consciousness (particularly in the areas of justice/relief/advocacy/education) and function as a global youth and young adult specialist for them, or develop the youth ministry coaching program more fully, or some combination of the two.

now, i need to create a simple website for the consulting work i hope to do, as well as launch the youth ministry coaching program (plus all the ticky-tack issues like figuring out health care for my family and stuff like that). lots to do, and i’m pretty pumped about it all!

one sentence true stories

love, love, love this. a blog devoted to one sentence stories. oh, and they have to be true stories (for this site, that is). it takes a bit of thinking to develop a story in one sentence, something with a bit of teeth, with character(s), with an arch (or the tease of an arch).

here are a handful of my favorite examples from the site:

I learned to believe a person when they say, “Trust me, that’s flammable.”

If there was ever a good time to stop drinking, it was this morning when I woke up next to a woman in a giraffe costume.

If I had known I was going to accidentally turn my head to face yours at just the right moment, I would have chosen a much more romantic setting than a Walgreen’s parking lot.

As the man sitting next to me on the plane bragged about how he had died three times, I crossed my fingers and quietly prayed for us to land before number four.

oh, this one is great — so rarely can so few words tell so much:

My spare tire was also flat.

and, here are a few of my own – true stories from my own life!

It was an unfortunate moment to realize i was losing my grip on the flagpole rope, as i looked up at the sleeping bag containing my friend.

Standing in front of a classroom containing the girl i was wooing, in a school that was not my own, i knew there was no backing out once i sang the first note.

When the smell from the battery was too much to bear, we pulled a stick of deoderant from a duffel bag and swiped it across the skin just under our noses.

come on — let’s make this a contest! add your own as a comment, and i’ll award a “ys book of your choice” award to the best one! i’ll close the contest and announce a winner wednesday night.

(ht to neatorama)

and the winner is…
this was really hard! there were so many fantastic ones – 7 of us are on a ys leadership team retreat, and i kept reading them to everyone as they came in as blog-generated emails to my blackberry.

so, tough call, but i’m going to give it to kristi, for:
As an 8th grade girl walked in from the yard with her teeth in her hands, I realized that 8 people jumping on one trampoline was not the brightest idea.

let me know what book you want, kristi.