WE ALL WANT OUR LIVES TO COUNT, RIGHT?
It was the summer of 1998 and I had just spent the past four weeks filming a documentary about a missionary team living in a remote part of Africa in the country of Tanzania for the sake of the Gospel.
It was my first time overseas and I loved it.
During the flight home I remember praying, "God how can I do more of that? I want my life to count and I want to do something significant for you."
In my young, naïve mind the only way to really have an impact for Christ was to do “full-time ministry.” As I was searching for those ministry opportunities I realized that there were many in my generation who wanted their lives to count too. My understanding of ministry would expand over the years to include activities that aren’t part of “full-time ministry", but God used this experience to help lay the foundation for starting RightNow Ministries in 2000.
Brian in Africa, 1998.
We got our start under the wing of a media ministry called Bluefish TV that had been creating video resources for the church since 1977. At first RightNow's main priority was to connect young adults to full time ministry opportunities in America and especially overseas. Over time we began to realize the potential in strategically working with churches and church leaders to help them mobilize the people of their church to live out their faith. Eventually we combined the media creativity of Bluefish TV and RightNow’s passion for helping people put their faith in action … and RightNow Media was born.
RightNow Media is challenging the church to be bold. Our team is committed to serving the church so that millions of people can be unleashed on mission for Christ. These three things summarize what we are passionate about:
We will no longer compartmentalize our lives into the sacred and the secular. We will no longer see 2 hours on Sunday morning as sacred and all other aspects of life as secular. It’s all sacred to God. Work. School. Board rooms. Family. Neighborhood picnics. Monday matters just as much as Sunday. As believers, it’s important to see that your entire life is on mission for God.
We will no longer “outsource” our faith to the Church. We will love and serve the church. But each one of us as Christians has to champion and take responsibility for our faith as it relates to our family, our work, at school and our faith among the nations. Personally as a parent of four kids, I am not going to outsource their spiritual development to the 90 minutes they spend weekly in the church building.
We will be intentional about training, studying Scripture, and preparing ourselves to be effective followers of Christ; to be good Samaritans; to be good stewards; to be light in a world that is overwhelmed by poverty, distraught with war, and trapped by consumerism. We will trade in the pursuit of the American Dream for a world that needs Christ.
Brian with his family at the Grand Canyon.