Press EN: 02.02.09
Full Time Envoy
A few months ago I started a transition from part time Envoy, full-time producer on staff at the largest media ministry in Christiandom. I had spent a quarter of my career at the ministry and started Envoy Creative there five years ago. In a surreal day of coffee, meetings, unpacking and putting my new office together (in my old house) I met with my partners, accountants, clients and bank on my moto cell phone, e-mail from 8 in the morning to 3 this afternoon. Presenting, negotiating, budgeting and setting appointments was the business of the day, and while I don’t remember lunch, I do remember thinking ‘is it 3 PM already?’
Last Friday I packed up my cubicle, had lunch with my team members, worked on a few commercials , and by 5:30 Friday evening, it was all over. I did have a chance to make a speech while saying goodbye but it all came so fast. Eleven years and some great friendships, that are still intact, a cubicle full of boxes and then turning in my security badge, my parking pass, and my credentials were my last actions at Focus on the Family. There were hugs, passing out business cards, making small talk, while the clock continued to tick and one transition became another.
Over the weekend there were the family things to do, like cleaning the house, running kids to events, there was church and then the Superbowl. By late Sunday night it started to hit us that Monday would begin a new chapter, one third excitement, another fear, and still another confusion. For five years we prepared for this day and it was upon us like the two minute warning in the Superbowl. The anxiety, the packing, the scheduling, and administration would take over the creative, the production and the distribution. Being a producer is one thing, being responsible for two families and others is quite another-then came the morning.
How- becomes the Question
While I am grateful for the votes of confidence, I wonder out loud how people do this without fully relying on a Triune God. For weeks I have been reading theology, writing a daily column, and waxing philosophical while being put to every test on contracts, faith, and fire! Attacks from people, challenges from others, and then support from unlikely places gave us the legs to walk this thing through. Like the Robert Redford character in “The Candidate” every time a contract or a check came in, I uttered, “Now what?”
A Little Help
There are indications that being a full time envoy has some privileges. People are listening more, and our record of confronting issues of quality are bolstering us rather than burning bridges. My only regret is that by going to the mat for creative excellence has left me for less time to be creative, and that makes me sad. Yet as we move forward it is apparent that without insisting on God’s design and motive, Christ’s shining example of approach, and the Spirit’s profound instinct that leads us to action then we should all mail it in and call it a day. We’re just getting started!
Richard Beattie is the founder and Creative Director of Envoy Creative Media. He hosts a weekly radio and New Media program called Radio Envoy. This column, Press EN appears daily. For more information visit http://envoytown.com.