I want to work with you.
I'm in a season of preparation, honing my gifts and learning much about myself and where God is leading our family. After nine years of pastoral ministry, I'm currently a full-time graduate student in seminary, moving towards a future goal of PhD studies and the creation of a new church community (more on that in a future post!).
In the meantime, I want to be a good steward of the gifts and experience I've been given. And I've gotta pay the bills and feed the kiddos. So, here's the blog post that describes what I do, the various ways we can work together. This is about as self-promote-y as I'll ever get, but it's because I genuinely believe in the work I do, and want to collaborate with others to do it. Let's connect. We'll create something awesome together.
Here's what I can do with and for you:
I write about theology, film, spirituality, youth ministry and leadership, or any variant and theme you can possibly imagine regarding those subjects. Articles, essays, teaching curriculum, film guides, and books are all on my writing resume. Contact me here about writing for your organization or publication.
Speaking and Preaching
I've spoken at camps and conferences, youth groups and church services. Middle school, high school college students, and adults--I've spoken for a variety of age groups. You can check out my speaking page for where I'll be sharing next. If you need someone to share about the good news of Jesus in fresh, authentic, and challenging ways, that's how I roll. Contact me here about speaking or preaching.
Training and Teaching (Webinars)
I've taught classes at college/university level, and numerous youth ministry training seminars for church leaders of all sorts. I can offer training seminars and webinars based on any of my books--film and youth culture; theology and sexuality; leadership and church dynamics, etc. My Leading Up webinar is a 30-60 minute online training resource for youth workers based on my book of the same name. These brief and engaging online video-call training sessions are great content for your volunteers, youth worker network, or classroom. Contact me here about training or teaching for you and your organization.
This is the newest addition to my toolbox--in addition to writing, I am also entering the editing world. If you have an essay or article, a full-length book manuscript, or something in between, ask me about editing your writing. I'm both grammatically ruthless and tonally gracious, and I'll bring out the best in your written voice. I'm also very affordable. Contact me here about editing your writing.
Before I ever was a pastor or author or speaker, I was a drummer. I haven't had the opportunity to play as much as I'd like over the years--too busy, and my cymbals were stolen in Arizona!--but my 1960s-era Ludwig kit is waiting to be played. If you need a drummer for your worship team, your one-time tavern gig, studio recording, or even an ongoing band, let's talk.
If you need something written, edited, shared, taught, preached, or drummed, let's connect. Contact me: jmayward (at) gmail.com
If you know of any organizations, publications, friends, or connections who need any of the above, send 'em my way. I'd love to help and make new friends in the process.
And please: share this post via your favorite social media networks. I'd love to connect with friends of friends (of friends) about ways we can work together!