Posted by | August 22, 2012 | Personal | 30 Comments

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks to say the least! I’ve been off social media and have been taking time to pray, reflect, and prepare for what’s next for me. I wanted to share some updates and let you know where I’m headed and what’s next…

I shared in my previous post that I have resigned from my role as the co-director of the Center for Church Communication. I also expressed that I had felt the need to take a bit of a break from ministry, having been in the trenches for over 12 years now. Well, I am officially going to be taking a break from active church work.

I’ve landed a great job in social media here in Chicago and at least for the foreseeable future will not be actively engaged in church ministry. I’ll still be attending church and contributing as a volunteer, but will not be taking any active ministry roles or doing any paid ministry-related work.

Serving the Church for the last decade has been an honor — the experiences and opportunities I’ve had are beyond anything I would have imagined and I’m so thankful for all of the great things I was able to do and be a part of. I love what God is doing in the life of the Church and know that even greater days are ahead for her. It was a difficult decision to no longer pursue a career in ministry, but one I know that is necessary and needed for me personally. I’ll still be around some conferences here and there, but will no longer be involved in the day-to-day life of a church or para-church organization. My heart is still there, though!

Refresh & Relaunch

I also took some time over my break to refresh my website and to refine the focus of my blog.

While a majority of my blog content was church communications-realted and conference notes, moving forward it will focus on social media and urban life… and I’m sure there will be some churchy stuff in there from time-to-time, I can’t escape it!

The site is nearly done, with a few tweaks to be made. Check back for updates

Moving forward, I am going to focus on helping businesses and organizations with social media. I love social media and the ability it has to connect people, spread ideas that matter, and to rally people together to make a difference. I’m currently working with a company here in Chicago part-time and do have availability to consult and help manage social media for other businesses and organizations. A brief list of services I can offer is here and if you’re interested in having me work with you or your business, fill out this form and let me know.

I’m grateful for the experiences and opportunities I’ve had in the past and am excited and expectant for what lies ahead. This is definitely stepping out of my comfort zone, but as one friend recently shared with me, “your life begins at the end of your comfort zone,” so I’m definitely ready to start living!

Welcome to Tim Schraeder, 2.0!

About Tim Schraeder

Tim Schraeder is obsessed with all things social media. Having worked with some of the world’s largest churches and para-church organizations, he served as an evangelist for social media with a knack for connecting people and spreading ideas that matter. He’s been a consultant and coach as well as a sought-after speaker and author who helped write the book on communication and social media for the church. Today, Tim is passionate to help businesses and organizations connect, engage, and build loyal followers across all forms of social media. He is a die-hard Chicagoan who can be found in any neighborhood coffeeshop that has free wifi.

  • Joel Wolfgang

    Good for you Tim. Excited for what God has for you.

    • Tim Schraeder

      thank you Joel!

  • Tyler Braun

    Excited for you Tim.

    • Tim Schraeder

      thanks Tyler! Excited for you and your new gig, too! Gotta love transitions!

  • spudart

    I’m looking forward to your new site.

    • Tim Schraeder

      thanks Matt!

  • Mitch Bolton

    I will miss your conference notes. Excited for you though!

    • Tim Schraeder

      haha… I’m sure quite a few people will. Thankfully most conferences have great blogging teams now!

  • Guest

    Hoping your journey is as exciting as mine has been – and I agree with the comfort zone part. Live well Tim!

  • evanmcbroom

    Best to you Tim on your journey – and I agree with the comfort zone part. The exciting stuff happens outside! Live well.

    • Tim Schraeder

      thank you Evan!

  • stephen proctor

    I love it! and I’m so proud of you, bro. cheers!!! =)

    • Tim Schraeder

      thanks Proctor! miss you bro.

  • Gary Molander

    Can’t wait to see what God has in store! It’s gonna be great. Praying for you, bro.

    • Tim Schraeder

      thank you Gary — so thankful for you and your friendship!

  • Paul Steinbrueck

    Best wishes on your new adventure, Tim!

  • Colin Haas

    Good Luck Bro!

    • Tim Schraeder

      appreciate it!

  • Sara escamilla

    Love this, Tim. Excited for you!

    • Tim Schraeder

      thanks Sara! miss you guys.

  • brianfalexander

    I like the new design. Praying for your future Tim! :)

    • Tim Schraeder

      thank you Brian!

  • Aaron Springer

    Congrats bud! I’m psyched for ya, and psyched you’re back in Chi-town!

    • Tim Schraeder

      we will need to reunite in Peoria soon!

  • Isaak Kwok

    All the best and God bless, Tim!

    • Tim Schraeder

      keep up the great work Isaak!

  • Kent R

    Welcome home! May God bless you in this new season.

    • Tim Schraeder

      thank you Kent! appreciate it!

  • Steven Fogg

    REALLY going to miss you down under my friend! All the best for your next steps forward

  • Leo Clarke

    Wow, I love this site. I don’t love that you’re not coming back… :( Very excited for this new season for you though and happy that I got to meet you in real life!! Blessings!!

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