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Forgetting What is Behind: The Campus to Career Transition Begins

By Jen Taggart

Philippians 3:12-14College is life-encompassing: friends, routines, and memories are all stored in a college town somewhere. Once graduates leave their campuses, they may have trouble finding community. Kyle Young, pastor of Rock City Church, said in a Baton Exchange training video that college life is more intimate and fertile for relationship-building than post-college life. Finding community is just one challenge of the campus-to-career transition.

Why is Transformational Justice So Hard?

By Nicole George

As the Baton Exchange’s workplace training video on how to bring about justice in your city explains, justice is not just about the way we distribute things but also the right way to value things. Here’s where justice becomes so tricky. Values are always based on beliefs about the purpose of life, human nature and what is right and wrong but across our culture, people form very different values based on an array of beliefs.

Wise Decision Making at Work Leaves No Room for Pride

By Nicole George

Recently I completed an audit of the company blog that I maintain and from a content marketing viewpoint, I learned quite a bit (which is after all the point of completing the audit). Whether this means much to you or not, I got insights on:

• Which blog topics perform better on social media

• How Google reads headers and text in the blogs

• The importance of keywords and questions

• The importance of tagging photos in blogs

• What CTAs move people to action more frequently

• Which authors consistently perform well

Some of these insights confirmed assumptions I already had, but more importantly, some of these insights totally defied assumptions I had, and some of those assumptions were honestly prideful.

My Transition to the Workplace: Part 8

By Nicole George

Our digital marketing team has a once a week work from home schedule, so during the last couple of months, I’ve been learning about time management and how working from home can create new hurdles to being efficient and finding balance. As more and more of the work force do their jobs remotely or off site, the “dangers of working from home” creep in and chip away at our work-life balance.

How Faithful Obedience Yields the Kingdom

For some time, I’ve slowly been slowly journeying through a series of sermons on Exodus. One of the most poignant parts of the series was when the pastor pointed out what God demands of Moses in early chapters: obedience based on faith. God asks Moses to obey him and return to Egypt to set the Israelites free. Moses doesn’t have any good reason to be the guy that God asks to go because he’s old, bad at speaking, not really trusted by Hebrews or Egyptians and he’s been gone for decades. But God tells him to go because of who God is. This obedience, although not immediately like Moses expects (which is a whole other interesting situation), ushers in God’s plan to set Israel free. 

Throwback Thursday: God Didn't Let Me Stay Blind for Long

By Rachel Williamson Smith

​Intro by Nicole George

​First of all, this blog caught my eye because I have actually met the author totally outside of The Baton Exchange. And she is passionate about Jesus and her family. Rachel's blog also caught my eye because of the topic. When we transition from our college bubbles into the "real world" and the workplace, we'll encounter a number of new cultures, people and behaviors. I've been learning a lot about cross-cultural missions and the reality is, to communicate the Gospel effectively, we need to embrace Paul's strategy of "becoming a slave to everyone" to win souls back from bondage. But that doesn't mean adopting sin patterns. It leaves us with the question of, how do we embrace other cultures and patterns without embracing sin? We seek to transform darkeness into light through the power of the Holy Spirit and it starts with our daily fight to stay close to Christ.

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