I Couldn’t Ask For More

Shawn Michael —  February 26, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Most of you that know me know that I work from home. Zion and I get a lot of hang-time / playtime in between my typing, phone calls, planning and praying through all the daily tasks. Today, I just got off a phone call that once again reminds me that I’m a really blessed man. I’m one of those guys that absolutely loves what he gets to do for a living and I’m so thankful!

  • My role as the Foursquare Gateway District NextGen Rep takes up most of my daily time. I blog regularly on GatewayNextGen.com, oversee our 12 summer camp programs, and work alongside a team of NextGen Area Leaders who help me to discipleship, care for, resource and network NextGen leaders in our 140-ish district churches.

  • Foursquare Communications also contracts me to upload content weekly at their international web domain, Foursquare.org. I took on that role this summer and it’s been a good fit for my work style and schedule (with the exception of summer camp season).

  • I’m also still holding onto my role as the Tech Pastor at Destiny Foursquare Church in Rapid City, SD. I served their as a NextGen pastor alongside Deanna for almost a decade. We love our church family there so much that I think it will reserve it’s place in our hearts as our “home church” for a long time to come. 

All of these things, together with my awesome, wonderful family, make my life very rich and full. I love that I get to…

  • Be a stay-at-home dad and support my wife’s dream to pursue her medical career — that is, after her many years of platforming me. I’m in my third year of being at home with the kids and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s truly been one of the biggest surprise blessings of my life. My relationship with all of them has grown deeper than it ever has before. And even though it’s tough at times — like REALLY tough — it’s the best investment I’ll ever make. They are my treasures.
  • I’ve always loved NextGen ministry.. From the time I raised my hand for the salvation call in Sunday school to the present, it has always played a significant role in my life. The fact that I get to provide support and encouragement for others in NextGen ministry now as a part of my every day role is like a dream come true. I absolutely and firmly believe that NextGen ministry is crucial to the life of the church and Kingdom impact. Playing a role in it in any shape or fashion is truly humbling and awe-inspiring. Nothing floors me more than to see a generation take their relationship with God to the next level — there are few other things that are as rewarding.

  • I somehow became a computer nut early on in college. Call me what you like — a geek or a techie — but I really love the impact and reach that one can have through the Internet and social media. I just find it so compelling that there is a whole world out there that can be reached through the click of a button. I really enjoy building and reaching an audience through the different avenues that I’ve been given. So humbling.

  • And then their is music, which seems to have taken a back seat to all the other stuff more recently. I hope to remedy that, though. Music has inspired and shaped my life from very early on. To be able to perform and write music has been one of the most amazing privileges of my life. To lead a room full of people into worship or to watch from the stage as people are jamming to your song is at the same time thrilling and humbling. Some of my favorite life memories involve music and performing. I’ve been on stage, sharing music, every since I was a student in junior high school — and even before. It’s just another part of who I am; it reaches into my very soul and heartbeat. 

To look at all that and be able to say that this is part of my life… I honestly couldn’t ask for more. My life is full. I am richly blessed.

Shawn Michael

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