Monthly Archives: June 2018

Sabbatical Life part 1

tweetable-smarty-giff-2One of the most difficult pieces thus far on sabbatical has been turning my phone off. Since June 1 I haven’t been checking my emails, my phone has been off from texting and calls, and I haven’t been on any form of social media except for this blog.

First off this isn’t an act of being pretentious. I love using my phone and social media and find it quite useful in my life, I am not trying to do something in order to impress anyone or lord it over anyone.

The reasons why I find this so important to do for these 3 months are as follows:

  1. I need to try and be intentional about hearing God’s voice. My email and phone often hinder this objective.
  2. My email and phone are very closely connected to my work, therefore taking a 3-month sabbatical but still taking time to check in isn’t much good. It would be like me swinging by the office a few times a week.
  3. I find these tools often take more of my time than I would like to admit. A 3-month break might help curve some of that.
  4. I find some of these things actually bring anxiety into my life, this is certainly something I do not need during a sabbatical.

I find this very difficult because I am such a social person. It’s very strange to be somewhere and not be able to look up directions or call someone when I need to. I think some people have found this to be very annoying and difficult because they are used to connecting with me at any time and I often respond.

I struggle with being a people pleaser and it has been an early lesson in this sabbatical that I have set up my pastoral ministry in the last 7 years to be at everyone’s beck and call. I have created my own monster by allowing such easy access and quick solutions for people that now that I am away people are finding it tricky and I am struggling with the guilt of letting people down.

This has been a valuable lesson that I look forward to shaping when I head back in September. I can’t please everyone, nor should I. Not having email or a phone has helped with this.

So my friends if you have been trying to reach me keep trying but you won’t hear back until September…maybe.

Jars of Clay

Jars-of-Clay-2This is one of the bands that Joe, Ry, and I went through. I’d say for sure top 10 fav band of all time. Here is how I would rank their albums best to worst.

  1. Jars of Clay
  2. Much Afraid
  3. The Eleventh Hour
  4. Who We Are Instead
  5. If I Left the Zoo
  6. Redemption Songs
  7. The Shelter
  8. Inland
  9. Good Monsters
  10. Long Fall Back to Earth

Discography Challenge


Music has been a huge part of my life. I can listen to albums and remember when I bought them, where I bought them, how they made me feel etc. I love getting lost in new music and talking music with friends.

Two guys that have introduced me to some of my all-time favourite bands are Joe and Ryley and we recently started to listen to music together again. Joe came up with the idea from Josh Porter (lead singer from Showbread). We each have chosen 3 bands and on our own will listen to their entire discography, we talk through the music as we go and when we are done we rate the albums. It’s been a lot of fun. Expect some of my thoughts about the bands soon!


On September 5, 2011, I started as the Youth Pastor at Gospel Chapel MB in Grand Forks. I was engaged to Shayna Martin and was 23 years old. 2461 days later on June 1, 2018, I am starting my first sabbatical. I am now 30 years old with two children and yes married to Shayna. It has been an amazing and wild ride and I am very blessed to have such a great family, job, and church community.

Going into a 3-month sabbatical is a strange thing for me. The last time I had 3 months off and not working some sort of job I was 11 years old. I now have 3 months to rest, vision, and hear from the Lord before I enter into perhaps another 7 years. I have time to read, write, but most importantly be with my family and enjoy a summer together where I am not working Friday nights and Sunday mornings. Please pray for me and my family as we journey through this season together hearing from the Lord about what he has for us going into the fall.