About – What is a Chaplapreneur?

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To have a fierce storm or one of impact, the perfect conditions must exist. There must be the right amount of calmness in the atmosphere and the right amount of pressure infringing upon it. In sports, we know that sometimes a championship team wins when the right people, under the right circumstances, at the right time, come together.

Many years ago in a small town far far away from Plano, TX, I had an opportunity to work in a church. I wore several hats, but the main reason I was hired was to lead the youth ministry. I spent the previous two years working with college students. I was burdened for college students because I made a true commitment to follow Jesus while I was in college.

I will elaborate in my post next week about my experience with college students and what it taught me. In short, I learned that a college student who was discipled well in the Word of God and was seeking to live it out, had the power to do so. Someone who did not know the Word of God seemed to be left to chance. I am not talking about going to church. I am not talking about being around other Christians, or going to fun church events, etc. I am only talking about people who were taught how to study scripture properly and how to live it out.

As my burden grew and other life circumstances taught me about pain and heartache, I was ready for the storm. When I started at the church, I had the right amount of burden and brokenness mixed with youthful ambition and an unwavering conviction that God’s Word prepares young people for life.

The students in the youth ministry didn’t know God’s Word and in my mind they were on track for terrible things in their early adult years. But, they loved Jesus. They also loved the church and wanted to be there all the time.

Now the perfect storm came; they wanted to learn and I wanted to teach them. God did some great things with those students, but most importantly, he is still working in their lives today. God did that. I do not tell this story to brag, but I want everyone to understand what people really need.

I continue to believe God’s word changes people’s lives. As a small business owner, in my work as a chaplain and now as a writer, I continue to believe people all need the same thing. That is why I wanted to create a place where people could come and seek.

This blog is for real people, who live and work in the real world, seeking real answers. Notice, you do not have to believe like I do to read this blog. Either way, I hope you find it interesting and I look forward to interacting with you.

My wife Heidi came up with the name because of the many hats I wear. Chaplapreneur is a mixture of the word chaplain and entrepreneur. I work as a chaplain for an organization, and I am also an entrepreneur. Because of my broad professional experience, you will find I don’t answer questions like the typical pastor. My goal is not to have you attend my church, or think like me. My goal is to help people see Jesus more clearly. Along the way, I will continue to see Him more clearly myself.

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19 thoughts on “About – What is a Chaplapreneur?

  1. Hi I posted answers to all the issues you raised on the Isaiah 53 post, but they disappeared into moderation well over 12 hours ago and never re-appeared. Perhaps they will later.

    It is hard to carry on a discussion on James blog because of the constant moderation delay. I question why he moderates me, as I don’t believe I have ever said anything that was even remotely rude or offensive.

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  2. What you said about college students who are versed in scripture vs. those who are not–regardless of attending church or how they were raised–is on the money. I didn’t start my real, passionate faith journey until I took a class where we read the Bible all semester…despite being raised in church. Looking forward to reading more!

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  3. Thank you. I was blessed by reading this. My husband and I had a ministry to college students out of our home for 7.5 years. And that is because 3 out of our 4 children were in college at the time. And there was a definite need. I enjoyed thoroughly working with that age group. But, it ran its course and so we closed the doors to that in May 2006. By June the Lord had me posting daily on the internet what he was teaching me through his word. So, where one door closed, God opened another.

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    1. Amen! College ministry was my introduction to ministry. I became a believer as a student. Was mentored and took over leading the group I was connected to on campus under a different name. My wife and I learned a lot about discipleship and the need to raise children and teens up in the word, so when they get there they can process life.

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      1. Amen to that. I was involved with Youth for Christ in Jr High and High school and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in college, so I relate. I so agree about the importance of teaching them to study and to apply the Word to their daily lives.

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  4. I was a Christian when I started college, but I never read or studied my Bible. I loved Jesus, but had very little Christian training. Because of that, I didn’t have much of a chance. I couldn’t agree with you more. The Word of God is essential. It is how God speaks to us and leads us.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Cindy! Being equipped for college was essential then. The world of the athiests as we see out here online is very aggressive. It seems to be true for children and youth coming up more than ever.

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  5. Thanks for following my blog! I’m looking forward to digging into yours. I am not a chaplain, but I do volunteer at a healthcare facility and I often get the opportunity to pray with people. I love it!

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    1. Awesome Dee! I look forward to yours as well. Share Romans 8:1 with someone and pray with people on the spot and that is about 30% of what a chaplain is. I was really drawn to the sealed theme. My assurance in Christ that he will not hang me out to dry has become essential for me over the past several years. I look forward to more.

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      1. Thank you for that advice. I have become more bold about speaking of Jesus with the residents as my time there lengthens. My heart’s desire is to see these people come to know Christ before they pass. I know that Christ will never hang me out to dry! My faith in that has grown throughout the years of knowing Him. He is SO good and SO faithful to us. I want all Christians everywhere to know and believe that. Sadly, many struggle with that concept. It must break His heart. God bless you and your family.


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