Author: Ali Enos

Poor Language Could Be Costing Us Laborers

Have you ever caught yourself on staff saying any of the following? “I can’t go with y’all; I don’t have any money right now.” “Does someone want to give me a ticket to this game? Because I’m broke, but I really want to go.” “I hope a ministry partner will donate a car to me because mine is falling apart, and I  don’t have the money to buy a new one.” “I’d rather just eat Raman noodles and peanut butter … Read More

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Relationship as a Priority Over Accomplishment

Over my years on staff, I have had the blessing and privilege of spending many summers with David and Beth English. They are what I like to call “legends” on staff! Time with them always encourages me in my walk with God and I always leave my summers with them pondering new, deep thoughts. So, welcome my guest blogger, David English!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I was in my early 40’s and something was happening to me emotionally. For twenty years I had … Read More

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How many students are coming to your meetings?

Disclaimer: I am writing as a campus staff who has both been on a new team (where we were launching a new ministry/campus and had no students involved) and on an established team (where we’ve had 500+ students involved). In both of the scenarios above, one of my least favorite questions was/is asked by other staff, church members, or friends, “How many students are coming to your meetings?” That question has always rubbed me the wrong way. I think we … Read More

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Don’t Waste Your Time!

I don’t like feeling unproductive. I know that God loves me for who I am and not what I do for Him, so that isn’t what drives my desire for productivity. I just like knowng that I’m making the most of the time given to me and being a wise steward with that time. So now that you know that I enjoy efficiency, you can imagine how I feel when a student that I’m scheduled to meet with cancels on … Read More

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I’ve Been THAT Single Girl

  “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col 3:1-3) In our walks with God, at times we may find that in the worries and concerns of every day life we have taken our eyes … Read More

Repentance: A Lifestyle or an Occasional Practice?

I was home visiting my parents recently and brought my 11 and a half-year-old yellow lab, Beignet, with me. My parents like to spoil her so Beignet usually gets some kind of new toy when she visits Grammie and Grampie’s house. This trip was no different and Beignet was quite pleased with Grammie’s choice of new toy for her: a giraffe looking stuffed animal that you shove an empty water bottle into. She LOVES the crunch sound that water bottles … Read More

Unmet Desires

Think about a desire that you have that has not happened yet. Maybe you long for a community where you feel known and loved, maybe you desire to have a girl say “yes” to a date with you, maybe you desire a boyfriend who will pursue you and lead you, maybe you desire a family member to come to faith in Christ, maybe you desire your children to walk with God, maybe it’s some other desire. What feelings rise to … Read More

Sometimes Being Picky is a Good Thing

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I learn best by experience. To look back on an experience or event and pick it apart so that I can be more effective or more strategic or more efficient the next time actually energizes me. One of my experiences that I look back on early in my staff career and wish I could rewind would be how I chose to spend my time during my first year on staff. My … Read More

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The Power of Journaling

This year I celebrated my 15th “Jesus Birthday”- the day when I surrendered my life to Christ and placed my faith in Him to rescue me from my sins. One of my traditions every year on this day, is to write in a special journal that I only write in on that day. It allows me to see ways that God’s Spirit living in me is producing growth over time. Journaling has become one of the ways that I connect … Read More

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No, No, I Won’t Let Go!

I’ve heard it said before that our strengths could be our greatest weaknesses. I think that statement is so true in my life and has been surfaced over this past year. Loyalty would be one of my greatest strengths. I am loyal to the core. Unwavering in my allegiance to someone or some cause. But, with that loyalty, I can tend to expect the same unwavering loyalty from others. I can choose loyalty over obedience to God. Just to name … Read More