What is my current vision? The thing that motivates me to get up in the morning?

Since moving to Ireland in 2008 I have been mainly working with Spirit Radio as Operations Manager, assisting in day to day studio operations, I.T. management of systems, ensuring new content is loaded correctly into the station for play-out, new adverts are scheduled correctly and ensure the playlists are produced for each day. I have also been blessed with being trusted with on-air presenting in pretty much all day-parts as a fill-in presenter, where I am known as ‘pop up Richie’.

Church life

It’s always been paramount for me to be part of a local church community and I feel very much part of the church family. I’m passionate about engaging with children and youth and seeing kids develop a year-round lifestyle for the gospel. Some of my involvements in the church has been to see children’s ministry birthed and launch with a fresh vision. Though it’s been a challenge at times as I have had to balance Spirit Radio commitments with church life & ministry. The beginning of the year after being responsible for the children’s ministry, for 4 years,  I’ve had to put it down releasing someone else into the role. Together with embarking on an MA module to engage in study, has meant something had to give. It still remains my passion to see Children & Youth Ministry more fully engaged with at local church level.

God shaping vision, passions & priorities

There always comes a time where the Lord leads us to lay down some things only to pick up what he is directing. And this often only comes through a living and active relationship with Christ. So often we get too busy to listen and putting things down is really helpful. [Update 2017] In 2017 I believe is a year of re-focus and putting things down and picking things up as the Lord directs. My passion for mission remains, and this year I will be looking at taking time out from regular activity to do a TESOL course.

One thing at a time

To enter back into support based ministry, it is important to get back good financial management and structure in place to receive support. I have not wanted to rush into this as I need to be sure that it is the right step, and one thing is I’m still not convinced I should become self-employed but look instead at a limited company as a container for ministry moving forward. To this end I have registered a couple of business names in Ireland, taken advice from a local accountant and so will be looking at establishing Youth Work Connect as the business identity as it encompasses more of my vision to connect what is happening around Europe in youth ministry, though for me starting where I am. There is another business name I’ve registered but due to the public nature of the internet I’m not quite ready to put that out here quite yet.

Steps —

  1. [done] Register business name – Youth Work Connect; already I am seeing partners work with on the vision for this website and look forward to growing this area. On the ground locally it will be the name I use to connect & network and raise support through.
  2. To develop Youth Work Connect Ireland website as a template for rest of the european youthwork connect network of sites. [Launching March 2017]
  3. TESOL course (full time) likely August 2017

For now I am not pushing for support of my ministry, as I have come to believe as the Lord leads and I go, he will provide. However, if there is an area of ministry I am involved you would like to support please get in touch with me directly.

Thank you for taking the time to read my current vision.