Healing from insecure attachment - a fiction

Healing from insecure attachment - a fiction

Something had changed in her and she had a hard time putting her finger on it. It was like it no longer mattered if she had the right answers. It no longer mattered if she saved the world or converted people. It no longer mattered if she did everything she was supposed to do. There was a deep sense of stability and safety in her relationship with God that didn't depend on her getting it right. Somewhere deep inside her she knew that God was committed to her even if she wasn't committed to Him. That He would be faithful to her even if she wasn't faithful to Him…

Banker Family Update

Banker Family Update

…One of the frustrations I’ve had going through all this is that I haven’t ever seen anyone go through these sorts of struggles before. I’ve only heard about them after the fact. It seems like an especially hard struggle to be seen in. But, as a spiritual leader, I’m committed to being seen regardless of what’s going on…

Year end giving and why this year is so different

Year end giving and why this year is so different

In 2018, there is less motivation than ever for people to donate to nonprofits and churches. The tax game has changed and this could have a significant impact on your favorite ministries/churches. Find out more here…

Mel's life update

Mel's life update

September is one of my favorite months! The trees change color, the sun is still warm, but the nights are cool enough for bonfires, and its my birthday month. This year I got to celebrate with small groups of people here and there and it was absolutely delightful, low key, and peaceful.

Financial Strategy

Financial Strategy

As you heard in last month’s post (click here), Immerse has significant financial breathing room for at least 10 months. We’re working hard to make the most of this time and develop long-term sustainable systems that will empower us to move into the God-sized dreams that are in our hearts. So, what’s our plan to get there?

Nihilistic, Hippie Self-Acceptance BS

Nihilistic, Hippie Self-Acceptance BS

…Needless to say, having a healthy self image isn't exactly second nature to me. Maybe that’s why what Nate said hit such a nerve with me. Maybe the ghost of my mom, and the wounds of the past still haunt me, and my ability to accept the person in the mirror.

It hasn't been easy…

A Financial Projection

A Financial Projection

…Short answer: we are fully funded through June of 2019. We anticipate between $4,000 to $5,000 coming in per month between monthly donations, PR fees, program fees, and trainings. That puts us at a month deficit of approximately $5000/mth.

Our plan…

When God tells you to hydrate

When God tells you to hydrate

…As if on cue, my eyes began welling up and the dizziness I experienced began to fade. My mental fatigue diminished and for the first time in a week, I was motivated to take on the world, to work another long shift Saturday, and actually like the guy in the mirror again.

New Hire: Monica Secord

New Hire: Monica Secord

My heart is for caring for our leaders. God started prompting me to think about longevity and sustainability in ministry. Ideas tend to float around in my head bouncing into other ideas until I finally catch the connective thread. I wanted to know how we effectively care for our leadership. This has evolved into a clear vision for a pastoral and leadership care group.

Fundraiser Report

Fundraiser Report

Mel was hanging out with a friend one day, “By the way, Mel, God told me that Immerse is going to get $100,000 next year.” Mel did what any one of us would do. She filed that away in a deep mental folder under the heading of, “That’s nice of you to say and it’s never going to happen.” This was 1 year ago.

Staff Update: Mel

Staff Update: Mel

Do you ever play the game in your mind where you imagine what it would be like to do a different job just for the fun of it?

Sustainability

Sustainability

It was one of those dreams where you wonder if it was just a dream or something more substantial. I think it was more substantial. It had that divine taste to it. Ever since then I have been looking for ways to make more connections and expand my network. Somehow, I think this is critical to Immerse’s long-term success and sustainability.

Faith like bacteria

Faith like bacteria

What is faith? Is faith required for God to do miracles? If something doesn’t happen, does that mean I don’t have enough faith? What’s on the line in my own sense of identity if I don’t have “enough faith”?

Strangelove

Strangelove

I thought He was only concerned with me giving him glory, or me evangelizing everyone I met. I thought He only cared about results and converts and morals and ethics and doing the right thing always. But as I begin to dig deeper, I realize he wants something a lot deeper and heck of a lot simpler, too.

Money is vulnerability

Money is vulnerability

Then I remember that no good story is easy. No good story is free of conflict. No good story has everything go perfectly. Some things are worth the struggle. Worth the uncertainty. Worth the sacrifice.

Banker family update

Banker family update

“Daddy!” Three different little-kid voices. “Pop-off hug!!!” Somewhere along the line I’ve taught my kids to try to literally pop my head off by hugging me as tight as they can. I need to do something about that soon.

Meet the newbies

Meet the newbies

We were swamped with requests. We couldn’t meet all the need.

Then something happened. Vulnerability, courage, and brilliance combined into a catalytic mixture and suddenly...

Dollars and sense

Dollars and sense

Since 2013 Immerse has strategically sought out experts and mentors in fundraising, business management, leadership development, and accounting. We are learning quickly and continue to grow towards making Immerse the best it can be because people are worth it.

From slavery to sonship (part III)

From slavery to sonship (part III)

We were never meant to live lives riddled with discipline. Maybe discipline has a place if it comes from a motivation of love, but, honestly, I've only been taught how to do discipline from fear. We were simply meant to taste the superior and enjoy it! How? In *connection* with God.