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Be still. Wait patiently. Listen, and be led.

I recently had the pleasure to hear a teaching regarding The Restless Soul during a series teaching at Middletree Church in St. Louis, MO. In the sermon, Pastor Brian Schmidgall, the lead minister of the church, shared both symptoms and prescriptions to the restlessness that we sometimes face in our


Dear God,
Do You sense an independent spirit within me—one that hinders me from joining others in the mission You have called me to? While I do enjoy independence, it’s nice sometimes to depend on someone else, to not have the whole weight of the world on my own shoulders. Help

Today I got to share Catalysts by Design with fellow incoming students of the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. New to the Brown School’s orientation platform, Ignite is a social event that grants presenters 5 minutes and 20 slides (15 seconds per slide) to

“It’s Time to Be Fearless.”

by Jean Case of The Case Foundation via Stanford Social Innovation Review

1. Make Big Bets—and Make History

Set audacious, not incremental, goals. History suggests that the most significant cultural transformations occur when one or more people simply decide to try and make big change. Thomas Edison didn’t simply try to make

Core Values of Middletree.

Work as if everything depends on you, Pray as if everything depends on God.
Praising God, Reveals God.
There’s significance in the insignificant.
Change the individual, and you change society; Change society, and you change the individual.
Everything is an experiment.
They will know we are Christians by our love.
Excellence honors God & inspires others.

More about Middletree
After educating myself more about Middletree Church, which I visited today, I feel even more convicted that it is indeed the right fit for me, so I thought I would share some of its info which is provided on its website and Facebook. 

MiddleTree is a play on two

Finding the Right Fit for a Church Home

Today, I ended my expedition to find a church in my new home of St. Louis, MO. Since moving back here from Memphis 5 weeks ago, I had been exploring different churches, practices, and denominations, looking for the right fit that would fulfill my desires to fellowship, praise, and serve