Archive | September, 2013

A New Chapter!

25 Sep

Three weeks ago, I made the announcement that I would be stepping down as the general editor of More Than A Beard, and that I’ve been praying that God would send the right person along to take up the mantle of leadership of the site.

Dear friends, God has answered my prayers!

Today I am excited to share with you that we have a capable new captain of the ship: Brothers, give a warm welcome to David Boyd!

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David Boyd has over 12 years experience helping adolescents and emerging adults.  He will receive his D. Min from Trinity International University where he wrote on the “Role of the Local Church in the Maturation Process from Adolescence into Adulthood.” David has been married to Rachel for 12 years, and God has blessed them with three energetic boys – Josiah, Andrew, and Tobias.  When not writing, he is playing a video game, playing with his boys – or doing both. You can read more of David’s work on his personal blog – davidboyd.bravesites.com.

Guys, I could not be more excited to be handing over the reigns to David! Over the last few weeks I have had a chance to chat with him over the phone and e-mail and I am really impressed by his intentionality, passion for discipleship, and vision for training up men in the church.

I think that his vision is solidly in line with what has been built up here, and that MTAB will continue to grow and flourish under his leadership. In the coming days, I will continue to be a part of this community in a writers role, but David Boyd will be taking on the role guiding director and site editor.

Can I encourage you to do two things?

First of all, fire him a message of welcome (you can reach him at gdavid@earesources.org). He will also be the person to send your posts to in the future, so direct all your content to his inbox.

Second, keep David in your prayers. It is no small undertaking to run a website/blog and he has many irons in the fire right now. Please join me in praying that God would bless him with wisdom, direction, patience, and endurance as he seeks to bless folks and expand God’s kingdom.

God bless you, David! I’m so thankful to be handing over things to your more than capable hands and I am excited for this next chapter of the journey. I believe this community’s best days are right over the horizon.

-David Wonders

Into The Sunset

5 Sep

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On April 5th (five months ago today), I launched this site as an experiment in community.

I didn’t know if it would take off or blow up on the runway, but I sent invitations to the four winds and solicited every writer I could find to join my cause.

I wanted it to be a community where men would disciple men and we would all collectively grow in our understanding of parenting, marriage, and biblical manhood.

For a while, it worked for the most part: MTAB tallied 13,353 reads from 86 countries in the span of just a few months, 36 authors contributed 161 incredibly insightful pieces, and we launched the uber cool “Alphabet Of Manly Virtues” series.

While things were going super slick on the site, they weren’t going so well for me. After the initial flood of contributions poured in and blast of enthusiasm wore off, I tried to keep things going by my own efforts.

Here’s the two things that happened as a result:

1.)    Instead of being a community of men, it became the Dave Wonders show. A few weeks ago, I heard someone recommending More Than A Beard as “Dave’s blog”. While I have enjoyed writing for the blog, I’ve ended up taking on a much more substantial presence than I ever wanted. Instead of being the general editor, I became the primary author. Instead of it being, “A multi-authored, multigenerational look at the facets of manhood”, it became, “Dave shares some of his very faulty and finite perspectives on manhood.” The site is so far from what I wanted it to be when I created it.

2.)    As I was trying to maintain a website about how to become a better husband and father, I was gradually becoming a worse one. I kept rationalizing to myself that the hours of work each week were worth it (and I’m sure the articles on this site have blessed many folks), but looking back, I am ashamed of how often I shirked my responsibilities to my wife and my daughter and put MTAB first. There are of course ways that I could maybe cram website writing/administration into other parts of my day other than evening family time, but I am having another baby in less than 13 weeks and I am seeing the writing on the wall that my time/energy/life is going to be even more maxed out than it is right now.

In light of this, I am hanging up my hat as the general editor of More Than A Beard.

If anyone wants to take up the torch of what we built here, I am more than willing to hand over the keys to the back door, but my chapter with the site is closed. If that effectively signs the site’s death warrant, than I am sorry to see it go.

Good things happened here. Great insights where shared. I, for one, learned and grew a lot.

As I take my final bow, I want to say a huge thank you to the authors that poured themselves out here and to the thousands of visitors that came by to read the posts and say hello.

An extra special thank you goes out to my partner in crime Aaron Pearson for being a sounding board and ever present helping hand to the site.

An extra, extra special thanks to my wife for giving me the green light to go forward with MTAB even though I think she secretly knew it would suck me dry and that I would drive it into the ground after only five months. Your continued love and patience with me is always appreciated! You are a treasure, Amanda.

Always remember: No one has it all together, and that is nothing to be ashamed of.

Keep seeking to deepen your relationship with God (Hosea 6:3) and seek out people who can help get you to where you want to be (Proverbs 27:17), but don’t forget to rest in the grace and mercy that is offered to us in Jesus Christ when you aren’t where you want to be.

Thanks for everything and God bless you on your journey.

-Dave Wonders

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