Travis’s Testimony (President of Reckless Abandon 2015-2019)

Reckless Abandon Ministries. My life has been forever changed because of those three words. When I founded this ministry alongside Christian Hanna in early 2015, I had no idea just how much God would use our humble endeavors to teach me about writing, leadership, and most importantly, about His character. Here are a few of my greatest takeaways from my time serving at this ministry. 

Leadership means recognizing that God is God, and I am not

One of the biggest things I’ve learned through my time at Reckless Abandon Ministries is that God is God, and I am not. I have a natural tendency towards pride, and it’s easy for me to slip into thinking that if something is succeeding, it’s at least partly due to my efforts. Serving at Reckless Abandon Ministries, however, has taught me that without the faithfulness of God, nothing meaningful can truly be accomplished. Sure, we can spin our wheels, plan series, and attempt to release high-quality articles, but without God working in the hearts of both our writers and our readers, neither conviction nor lasting change will take place. Our articles are just words on paper unless God in His goodness chooses to use them to challenge our hearts and exhort us to live on mission for His glory.  

Leadership means grace and more grace… for everyone involved

Another major lesson I learned from my time at Reckless Abandon Ministry is the extensive need for grace when one is in any form of leadership. Very rarely does everything go according to plan when a team of people is involved. Ministry is messy, and grace is needed in abundance… both for team members, and perhaps, even more importantly, for those in leadership. I can’t tell you how many times we struggled to get series planned, articles in on time, and team members to stay active and enthused. Tensions were often high, and there were several times where I had to ask for forgiveness and for grace. 

Leadership means consistency… and that’s tough

One of the hardest disciplines in life, and one of the most important in leadership, is the ability to be consistent. It’s easy to do something for a few days, a few weeks, and maybe even for a few months, but after that, the initial excitement fades away, and without the discipline of consistency, whatever you’ve worked for will fade away along with it. Craig Groeschel likes to say that “successful people do consistently what normal people do occasionally,” and he couldn’t be more right. Consistency is the key to success. There were so many projects that we started at Reckless Abandon Ministries that we did really really well with for a while, but then slowly faded to disrepair over time due to our inability to maintain them. It’s easy to get excited about starting something, but it’s a lot more difficult to stay excited about continuing it. Reckless Abandon Ministries taught me to carefully consider each and every project before starting out, ensuring that it was something we could realistically accomplish and be consistent in. 

Leadership means teamwork… and that’s the best part

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Hands down, the best decision we ever made at Reckless Abandon Ministries was to form a leadership team. If this blog had rested solely upon my shoulders, I would have given up a long time ago. Having a leadership team provided us with both accountability and endurability. When one of us became discouraged, there were three others to pick that person up, and encourage him/her to continue to chase after what God had in store for this ministry. 

Wrapping It Up 

My time at Reckless Abandon Ministries these past four years has made a huge impact on my life and my long-term desire to go into full-time ministry. I honestly don’t know where I’d be headed in life if I hadn’t founded this ministry alongside Christian four years ago. I’m so excited for the future, and to see everything God has in store for Reckless Abandon Ministries under Brandon’s leadership. 

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