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We often get asked, “How does everything at HTM get done?” The answer is simple: The HTM Leader Community. This includes our Host Committee members, Grace@Work leaders, Discovery leaders, Event Planning Committees, iTeam, and Care Team. The Leader Community is the heartbeat of High Tech Ministries.
We also introduced a new role this year: Captains. Captains are leading and caring for our leaders.
Without our Leader Community, High Tech Ministries would cease to exist. We are grateful for each of you, as you partner with us to lead those in Atlanta technology into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Who’s Who in the HTM Leader Community
Craig Baltes, Captain
Jeff Browning, Captain
Yvonne Bryant Johnson, Captain
Curtis Cain, Host Committee Co-Chair
Julie Carlock Johnson, Captain
Doug Cunningham, Captain
Tim FitzGerald, Captain
Rusty Gordon, Captain
John Head, Captain
Hans Kraeger, Captain
Lisa LaRoque, Captain
Jeff Muir, Captain
Susan O’Dwyer, Host Committee Co-Chair
Matt Perry, Captain
Kyle Porter, Captain
Oleg Sinitsin, Captain
Luke Snider, Captain
Doug Legg, Captain
Martha Monroe Schuon
Jason Smith, Captain
Ellen Ledbetter, Captain
Martha Monroe Schuon
HTM Classic Planning Committee
Seth Ryan, Chair
HTPB Planning Committee
Matthew Stevens, Chair
The 2015 HTM Classic may have been threatened by rain, but the highly anticipated annual golf tournament was again a great success thanks to our incredible sponsors and celebrity golfers, led by celebrity chair Miriam McLemore, Corporate CIO of Coca Cola.
Combining friendly golf competition and fundraising for High Tech Ministries’ mission, we celebrate a community that values purpose and play and offer our congratulations again to BOMGAR. Team BOMGAR won the 2015 HTM Classic with their foursome consisting of Jim Norton, Greg Morrison, Josh Nelson and Scott Braynard. Enjoy your bragging rights until next year, guys!
And for helping High Tech Ministries raise over $93,000, we say thanks to our unique community of Atlanta technology professionals who have a passion for bringing the gospel of Jesus alive in our city, our profession and all aspects of life. We can’t thank you enough!
On May 8, HTM partnered with Leadercast and presented our first Technology Lunch. Over 6000 technology professionals gathered at Leadercast to hear speakers like Peyton Manning, Bill McDermott of SAP, Seth Godin and Rudy Guilliani. Among those gathered,100 accepted our invitation to the HTM Technology Lunch where they heard timely thoughts from leaders in two segments of interest to the tech community. Adam Waid – Senior Manager, Client Advocates Pardot, A Salesforce Company and Col. (Ret.) Barry Hensley – Executive Director, Counter Threat Unit Dell Secureworks added valuable insight to an already powerful leadership event.
A fellow HTM’er and I were talking the other day about the tension we often feel between the vocational reality of intense focus on results (KPI’s, MBO’s, Quotas, etc.) and the spiritual reality of having no control over the “results” of our personal service and ministry. We noted that we are usually more able to see the process of our walk with Jesus, than we are the payoff of changed lives.
My friend has been a faithful ambassador for Christ at his company for years (not perfectly, but consistently) with few visible results to ‘show for it’. Then, recently, one of his colleagues began to change. Up until a short time ago, that person had exhibited little interest in spiritual things. For years he had ignored numerous invitations and opportunities for relationship. “Suddenly” he began coming to a bible study that my friend and a co-worker host at their company. He began engaging with my friend and others. He is digesting God’s Word, wrestling with the implications of following Jesus, and demonstrating a changed heart and love for others. In iMap terms, he is moving from stage B to C, or C to D in his personal spiritual journey. This impactful, visible result seems random in its timing.
Intellectually, I know that my job is to plant and water seeds, and God’s job is to make things grow (I Corinthians 3:6-7). But I also care about outcomes; and I am sometimes discouraged when the Holy Spirit’s timing is less than obvious (to me). So what should be my response? What is in my control, timing wise? Two things come to mind.
1. I can persevere. I can persevere in serving others, coming alongside them and helping them on their spiritual journey at their speed and in God’s timing. I can persevere in demonstrating love as a verb to the people in my work-life. I can persevere in praying for them, and inviting them.
2. I can abide in Christ, applying the prayer model “ACTS” to my perspective on God’s timing. Adoration: praise God that He is always, lovingly at work in our lives. Confession: be honest to God when I am dissatisfied with His timing, and ask His forgiveness. Thanksgiving: thank Him that His timing is perfect. Supplication: ask Him to give me the strength to exercise control over the things He has relegated to my control–attitude, intentionality and behavior.
The Prayer Breakfast is fast approaching and it is time for all of us to tune in and turn up the volume on our role within High Tech Ministries. You are a vital part of our shared vision to be a light to the Atlanta technology community, and our desire to be a vibrant community of spiritual multipliers who lead people to a life-changing relationship with Jesus, who then lead others to a life-changing relationship with Jesus.
Here are three simple things you can do in two minutes for your benefit, and the benefit of your HTM colleagues:
- Mark your calendar for this year’s High Tech Prayer Breakast: Friday, October 11 (6:00-8:30am).
If you are not yet signed up as a Host Team member and would like to do so, click here now. The 160 available tables are almost sold out. This year’s speaker, Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware will have an extremely relevant business message (who doesn’t want to understand the cloud?) and a strong message about his faith in Jesus.
- Go to the HTM website and update your member information.
We want to proudly acknowledge our relationship with you. Simply having your profile up to date has an impact on your peers in the technology community beyond your awareness. While you are on the HTM web site, take a minute to look around. We are always adding new things, including an at-a-glance Calendar of Events. Click on a Category to sort by event or meeting type.
- Register and attend the next HTM Community meeting on August 16th
We want to see you! Come and enjoy the company of your fellow ambassadors and Host Team members. We want to hear about what God is doing in your life and career. You are a visible representation of HTM to other guests. Your presence is highly valued.
Who is the most powerful person you’ve ever met?
One person that immediately comes to mind for me is Al Harris, a former all-American college football player, NFL first round draft pick, and subsequent star defensive lineman with the Chicago Bears. He and I were in the same public speaking class at Arizona State University (many moons ago). Al was impressive on and off the football field. In the speech class, he spoke with articulate passion. Everyone paid rapt attention to his powerful presence.
Consider the power of the Person who has taken up residence in us—the Spirit of the living God. Why am I ever hesitant, nervous, doubtful, or indifferent about His presence, or about the power He has to change lives? Why am I not always paying rapt attention to His pursuit of my workplace colleagues, and the role He has for me in that pursuit? Why am I not continually engaging with Him in conversation (talking and listening prayer)? I do not know.
I do know that the more I focus on the reality of His personal, purposeful presence in my life, the more confident and motivated I am in reaching out, in love, to the people in my spheres of influence. He has deliberately placed people in my path, and yours.
As you go about your work today, this week, this month…be mindful of the life-changing power of the One who has called you to be His minister of reconciliation. Pray that He reveals to you the people who are on His agenda, and put those people on your agenda. Be praying for them, and for the muscles of omnipotence to be moved for their well-being.
Suggested Next Step: Create or update your iMap and be praying for those people.
Go to the HTM web site Resources tab > “Articles and Study Guides” for practical tools such as the iMap and Daily Prayer Guide
Dear Host Team and HTM Community,
If you are like me, your email Inbox is overflowing. You are inundated by a constant barrage of digital communication. So why add an HTM blog to that mix? Two reasons:
1. To help keep us all on-mission as God’s “Plan A”: ambassadors for Christ in our workplace.
The blog will focus on practical content for Host Team members and our extended HTM community as we love and serve colleagues, invest in relationships, pray for others, invite, and follow up with people throughout the year. The goal is to help Host Team members get tuned in and tuned up in preparation for the Prayer Breakfast, and to encourage and equip our HTM community at large.
2. To help us stay better connected as an HTM community.
Nothing replaces personal, in-person connection. Emails are a one-way communication tool. A blog provides a means for on-line interaction. The HTM blog will be a forum for sharing your thoughts, questions, and stories with your HTM colleagues. It is not for ‘President Todd’ to brand himself. It is a means for us to hear real life examples, challenges, victories, struggles, and successes as we fulfill our calling as ministers of reconciliation in our workplace spheres of influence.
What should you do? Three things:
- Subscribe to the blog.
- Read and comment about the blogs that impact you.
- Share your thoughts, questions, and stories via a blog. Call me or send me an email so I can include those things in the blog OR write something yourself and submit it (see HTM Blog Writer’s Guidelines for style, length, and topics).
I am looking forward to hearing from you and seeing how we can leverage this tool to encourage one another and spur one another on to good works.