I work full time to help make the Internet a place where everyone knows the love of Jesus. Practically, that consists largely in helping InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA develop and maintain websites for its diverse ministries, but it means so much more than that.
Why The Internet?
Since tools like Twitter and Facebook have skyrocketed into popularity in the past decade, we’ve all struggled to wrap our minds around the significance and impact of what we do online. Living a digital life, loving and caring for people we never meet and whose names we may never learn — this is a new experience that we’re still learning. Christians face this challenge along with everyone else; perhaps more so than others, because the faith must balance being deeply rooted in tradition and history while at the same time being present and active in the current time. Like Jesus, we are called both to honor what is good and to rebel against what is broken.
Two ideas make up the basis for why I believe so strongly in the work I do:
- the Internet has become every organization’s front porch
- most people, especially college students, spend a meaningful part of their life online, so ministry that doesn’t address digital life is incomplete
I could talk for hours, probably, about each of those topics, but for now it’s enough to say that this is why I’m passionate about helping InterVarsity have the best digital presence it can have, both as an organization and as individuals. If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to ask.
What Does Partnership Mean?
There are two primary forms of partnership that are especially important: prayer partners and financial partners.
Prayer is the foundation of all ministry. It connects us with God, it unites us in faith, and it focuses us on the work to which we are called. Prayer supports ministry in innumerable ways, and is the most important thing any believer can do. It’s important to understand that prayer is not a passive thing; prayer helps us orient ourselves toward what we then go and do. Prayer helps us keep our attention in the right places, keep our eyes open for what we’d otherwise miss, and keeps us clear-headed about our own role in God’s world.
Financial partnership is the model InterVarsity has used from day one, over 75 years ago. Through the generosity of friends, family, and fellow lovers of Christ, thousands of staff have been supported on hundreds of campuses nationwide, sharing the love of Jesus and changing the world in his name. In practical terms, we set budgets each year and ask for partners to invest in our ministry through recurring or one-time gifts, and that giving sustains our ministry.
If you would like to partner with me, or want to learn more about it before making a commitment, let me know! I’d love to talk to you. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org, or message me on Twitter or Facebook. Feel free to reach out even if you’re pretty sure you don’t want to partner; I’d love to talk to you about my work no matter what!
If you’d like to skip straight to the donation, just visit my support page on InterVarsity’s donation site. Last, if you know anyone else who might be interested in partnering in this ministry, please share this page with them and invite them to contact me!