I can't believe my last posted blog was on June 22, 2015. Today is August 13, 2015. Almost a month a half has passed since I sat down to write anything for www.JayHigham.com!
Last night I sat down to look at the blogs we've been running. This week has been particularly crazy around the Higham house, (I will be posting a blog on that over at www.TheHighamFamily.com on Friday!) and I haven't had time to do our usual updates. But when I saw that June 22, was the last blog post for this site, I knew I had to get on it.
It's not from a lask of desire, that's for sure. I love blogging. But over the last couple of months, our blogging efforts have been very focused. You see, in January 2015, my wife and I started having the conversation about launching a blog that would encourage families. Now there are a lot of mommy blogs out there who talk about raising kids and family topics, and their great. But we wanted a slightly different approach. We wanted to create a blog that shared life and ministry from the perspective of the whole family; the husband, the wife, and even the kids.
So this past June, we started working on the blog now know as, www.TheHighamFamily.com. We have also started a vlog. Instead of just writing about our family, we're sharing the experiences we have as we have them via Youtube. The vlog is still in it's beta stage, but we have posted a number of videos from the family. I think our goal is to post something every week, then see how it grows. You can find our Youtube channel, Life In The Higham House by clicking on the link.
Another project that we have started working on is a family focused web show that talks about the topics related to the family. Because we have been involved in church leadership for over 20 years, particularly working with students and families we are often asked by friends our thoughts on raising kids, marriage, and family. That, along with our own efforts to raise our family, has led us to consider the idea of a web show that allows families to send questions that we then answer. But it's more than just a Q&A program, our hope is to develop a weekly show that tackles a variety of topics, welcomes guests, and helps to resource parents and families with excellent products designed to grow and strengthen the family. For now, we are calling the vlog, The Family Show. Original, right? You can find our first episode, How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex, by clicking on the link. We hope to have the new channel up and running by September!
But the topic of family isn't the only topic we're writting about. This summer, I was asked to share some of my student ministry story. I wrote an article reflecting on how God had use Youth Specialties' and the National Youth Worker Convention, to shape and encourage my ministry to students and families. That blog post (read it here) led to an interview (which you can view here) led to writing 2 short blog posts ("Church is Boring & Christian's Aren't Cool) for Youth Specialties. Student and family ministry has been, is, and will always be a passion of mine. I believe that both student and family ministry play a significant role in the life and ministry of the church. So I was honored to share my story and ideas.
Now, throw in the family calendar, summer camps, sports camps, multiple work schedules, a mission trip, my 2 jobs, and a vacation...suddenly the time is gone and you wonder where it all went? But we realize that we are blessed and that God has called us into a ministry of and to the family. So whether it's on the blog, in a vlog, at the church, or in our home, we want to continue to glorify God by working to bless and encourage other families to live for Him!
I want to invite you to stay close. I know that as we get back into the routines of school and life, there will be much more to write about and share! So whether it's on www.TheHighamFamily.com, www.JayHigham.com, www.TheGoodHusbandBlog.com, www.StudentMinistryToday.com or on our growing Youtube channels, we will be here sharing all that God is teaching us!
Jay Higham is a veteran youth worker of over 28 years; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently serving as the student ministry director at a church, located in Western PA. Jay has been married to Amy for over 23 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, (4 boys and 1 girl). Jay is an aspiring author, blogger, speaker, vlogger, and social media junkie. He is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and training youth workers to love and serve their students with passion and excellence.