Are you a trader?

SGT_LogoThe term “trader” has infused where I work for quite a while. In 2000, my boss Brian Mosley founded the RightNow Campaign to help 20s and 30s connect to opportunities here and abroad to put their faith into action. The mission of RightNow is simple: To help our generation trade in the pursuit of the American Dream for a world that desperately needs Christ.

Every year, we put on the Rightnow Conference and it’s coming up in less than two weeks. This year’s theme is The Mission of the Church Matters. The line up includes pastors and authors Donald Miller, Francis Chan, Mark Batterson, Kay Warren, Matt Chandler, George Barna, and more.

I’ll be working at the conference, scribbling away on my note pad to prepare to write the curriculum for our upcoming RightNow Leadership Kit we’re producing. I absolutely cannot wait to soak in what these guys have to say.

Bluefish TV, the RightNow conference, and our new site all stand under the umbrella of the RightNow Campaign’s mission of trading in the pursuit of the American Dream. Every thing we produce is to help others put their faith into action.

So that’s a little background info you may or may not have wanted! Now that leads me to expound a little more on Small Group Trader.

Our name was originally called Small Group Exchange but we decided to narrow our focus more to the idea of being a trader because Small groups aren’t an end to themselves- we’re calling small groups to battle against the “me-centered” way of thinking (that we all struggle with at times) by trading it in for the the missional call of Jesus – to care for the homeless, minister to the sick, and share Christ’s love with our neighbors.

I’m super excited about this change as it gives us a more clarified mission to strive for as a ministry, calling others to live out Jesus’ command. A nice home, car, clothes, savings account, etc. are good things that God wants me to enjoy, but it’s the pursuit and striving for them that I have to question. I have to constantly ask myself: Am I living for the dream or pursuing what really matters for eternity?

As the Content Editor for Small Group Trader, I can’t wait to see where this site goes and how small groups across the country will be impacted by this mission. If you’re a small group leader, small groups or community pastor, have thoughts you want to share on leadership, or have been impacted at all by being in a small group, let me know.

Step out and share your story. Be an encouragement to others who are trying to fulfill God’s mission for their lives.

You can email me at editor [at] smallgrouptrader [dot] [com]

How are you being a trader with your time, talents, and treasures? Are you willing to give up the pursuit of the American Dream for a world that desperately needs Christ?

Bluefish TV Crew visits with Todd Phillips and Mark Batterson in D.C.

A few weeks back, our EVP of Product Development, Brian Mosley and one of our producers, Chad Madden spent the day with Todd Phillips, (pastor at Frontline) as he prepared to give the keynote message at the Living Water Gala. Over 600 people attended the fundraising dinner. At the dinner, Todd launched The Last Well Movement which is a passion of Todd’s to see clean water reach all of Liberia. The RightNow Campaign and Bluefish TV will be putting major support behind The Last Well Movement.

In fact, Chad is traveling with Todd and nine other guys to climb Mt. Elbrus this summer. It’s the highest peak in Europe at 18,500 feet. He will be documenting the climb and producing a video resource for small groups. The climbers are raising $250,000 towards The Last Well.

Brian also met with Mark Batterson regarding an upcoming video project. It was a great time of encouragement. He showed Brian around Ebenezer’s Coffee House which is owned and run by Mark Batterson’s church, National Community Church. It’s in the heart of DC a few blocks from the capitol building. Theater church is a dynamic ministry in a very strategic place.

We look forward to what the future holds in these upcoming projects.

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