Well Enough Alone

January 2019
First Steps

No Such Thing as Coincidences

Degrees: BA International Studies (1989), MA Counseling (2011), M Divinity (2018)
In 2001, my wife told me it was time to chase my dreams. So, I did. And I blew my neck out and the dream shattered. So, I taught. And a politician bent on keeping his secret tried to run me out of the state. So, I went to flight school and ran out of time and money trying to get into commercial flying.

And that was it.

Then in 2009, while volunteering in a community garden, God sent me down a road I never thought I would ever take, serving Him. To that end, I returned to school to get a Counseling degree, then a Divinity degree, trying very hard to ignore the step He needed me to take, to be a leader. For me, being a leader was not my strong suit. At all.

Despite this, here I am in 2019, embarking on another degree, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with a Christian Ministry emphasis, right out of graduation, my head still spinning from pushing through “Senioritis” to finish the last two classes. Some would ask why. I often ask myself why. And I don’t have a good answer.

I guess we will find out on down the road.

Year 1

Initial classes reintroducing emperical research, statistics, quantitative and qualitative research, and the basic framework concepts of organizational leadership.

Begin library research.

Getting my bearings as a father, counselor, and student.

Year 2

Write research proposal along the emperical research within the local community (e.g., interviews and surveys). After finalizing with committee, move on to running the research and working on the introduction.

“Finalize” library research.

Rebalance family/career load.

Year 3+

Finish classes. Spend the rest of the time back and forth in committee working out the fine details before publication.

Start looking for professorships.

Apply to other jobs related to the degree.

Look forward to the next adventure.

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