After getting my degree in fashion and working two years for a great shoe company in Nashville (a job I loved!), the pandemic began, and I was laid off. As I processed what to do next, my former campus minister invited me to a weekend online event called Stand in the Gap. He suggested it might give me some ideas.
At the event, there were people of all ages, and we heard stories about the impact of The Navigators. We were able to explore the different ministries of The Navigators through small groups, and there was space for external processors like me to think out loud. (There was time for the introverts, too!)
I discovered that few people in their 20s have the ability and desire to step back from careers and go on this type of mission. But I can. For me, this is the perfect time to be joining Collegiate staff: I’ve had some experience in the workplace and have things I can pass on. I like work, but that door is closed at the moment. Over the weekend, I realized the Lord is faithful to use my time well. He is not in the business of calling us into things that will derail our lives.
I want to prepare students for that first year after college. While you are still on campus, you have solid community, you see people consistently, and you see your friends as often as you like. In your career, it’s up to you to create these connections. I want to help people get ready for this transition.
Through the fundraising process, God has been using Psalm 127:1-2 in my heart.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
I have to remember that in any job, I can do all the right things, but it is God who controls outcomes. If He is in it with me, my labor will not be in vain! Of course, God doesn’t guide all people into campus ministry. But through Stand in the Gap, I discovered that serving on Navigator staff is His next step for me.
To Learn More
Stand in the Gap is a half-day, online event designed to help prospective Navigator staff learn about and experience The Navigators. Personal staff stories, engaging videos, and live presenters will paint a compelling picture of the heart and vision for serving on Navigator staff. Practical questions on applications, onboarding, fundraising, training, and more that potential staff are asking will also be addressed.
The next Stand in the Gap will be offered Saturday, December 5 from 9:00am – 1:00pm MST for a limited number of participants. Please register before Monday, November, 30.
Not ready for this event but curious about exploring your calling? Check these Calling and Assessment Resources.