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What I do…

Over five years ago I adopted this mission statement for my life – To live by faith, to cultivate love, and to be a voice of hope.

I wrapped up my degree in May and gave myself a blank slate to work from going forward (even though I had planned the next thirty years of my life six years ago). I strongly considered returning to the corporate job I loved and just being a regular dude fumbling through becoming the person God created me to be.

Through plenty of silence, reflection, wise counsel and prayer, I kept returning to this theme of faith, love, and hope. And I kept asking myself, what would it look like for me to truly wrap my life around these elements? What would it look like in my own specific context, to invest my god-given skills and passion to living this life of faith, love, and hope?

Here’s what I’ve come up with…

Spiritual Direction – Helping point people towards their Creator and the person they were created to be. Primarily through one on one mentoring, discipleship, speaking, and innovating upon ancient practices.

Community Development – Creating and redeeming spaces for meaningful relationships and interactions, whether locally, globally, or even virtually. These will be environments inside and outside of the church that value diversity and inclusiveness while accepting life as messy, struggle as a reality, but where hope always prevails.

Mobilizing for Mission – Empowering and guiding individuals and communities towards living out their unique dreams through service, and making the world a little bit more beautiful.

Basically, I see myself as a missionary to the city of Toronto.  I really can’t think of anything else I’d rather do with my life right now.  How this will work out in the long run financially I have no idea, but I guess that’s part of the adventure.

Practically over the next while, I’ll be providing leadership at Mosaic to becoming more missional and incarnational in practice; Creating spiritually engaging environments such as the Solar Crash event coming up; Prototyping what it means for the church to have an influential presence in Toronto’s rapidly growing condominium communities, starting with my own; And networking with other influencers in how we can seek the good of the city together.

I’m totally stoked!

Let me know if this is something that interests you as well, or if you’ve got any questions.

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  • Jake Belder August 18, 2008, 5:08 pm

    Lon, this is awesome. It’s great to hear that you have started to focus in on a vision for your life and for the Kingdom of God. When we desire in faith to serve Him and those around us, I am confident that He blesses us and those we seek to reflect his love and grace to.

  • LT August 21, 2008, 5:15 pm

    thanks for stopping by my blog and dropping some love…i love what you have going on here. i’m looking forward to connecting with you more. keep posting. especially on your “prototype”…let’s chat sometime.

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