5 Years Later

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No, this isn’t like 28 Weeks Later.

It’s been 5 years since April 2011, the month that I stopped blogging after doing it for 2 years, and also the same time that I was already drifting away from social media, and from the wonderful relationships that I had built with about 50 people through this blog.

What has happened in the last 5 years? In chronological order:

  • I had my first daughter, Summer, in April 2011.
  • My friend Trey Pennington sadly passed away on September 4th 2011. It was a tragedy.
  • The end of 2011 I decided I wanted to I move on from Like Minds, the conference that I co-founded, so that I could:
  • Fulfil my dream since I was 16, and start leading my own church, in Plymouth in March 2012.
  • My second daughter, Phoenix, was born in May 2013.
  • At the same time as Phoenix was born, I also had to remove my senior minister (who had been a mentor for 16 years) from his position due to serious moral issues. That was a biggie.
  • Phoenix had open heart surgery at 5 months old in October 2013. She had a condition called Tetralogy of Fallot.
  • In 2014 I had the best year of being a pastor since I had been a lay or full-time minister. The church in Plymouth really flourished. We grew to 150 people from the 30 that there were when I took it over.
  • At the beginning of 2015 I took a break from church leadership owing to depression from the fallout of my previous senior minister. As I began to read about spiritual abuse, I realised that he was a sociopath and had been pretty horrendous to me for the 16 years that he mentored me.
  • This led to me questioning my faith, which led it to it changing, which led to:
  • In May 2015 I left my pastoral role as I couldn’t continue it with integrity and started looking for work.
  • Thus I applied for 45 job applications with not a single interview!
  • September 2015 I started consulting again. I was nervous if I had anything to offer, but slowly rebuilt that as I got in touch with my old blog network.
  • In Feb 2016 had the wonderful news that Faye, my wife, is pregnant again :-)
  • March 2016 I put The Engaging Method online, and also started Ampersand Club.
  • April 2016 I resurrected this old blog as a reminder of the lovely community I found here.

Ok, so perhaps it was a little like 28 weeks later… it has been quite a journey. But, I am all the better for it.

25 thoughts on “5 Years Later

    1. That means a lot. I’ve been trying to figure out what it is that I help people with – what my value is – and this encourages me to give it whatever it is.

      Thanks Johnny.

  1. Hi Scott thank you for your honesty ministry is tough and I’m sorry you suffered because of a certain person. You are on my prayer list congratulations on the forthcoming little one

  2. Thank you for sharing *Hugs* It’s so ssad that the corruption of the few can ruin life and path for others. So glad you found your own truth and your own way. May your heart lead you further to strength and light, however that works out best for you. Congratulations on your new baby and your family. I hope that Phoenix is now well and flourishing. Good to have you back. Love Amanda x

  3. Hearing your humanity and strength is an encouragement to anyone going through a ‘threshing floor’ experience. It refines us and what’s left is more valuable. After depression last year caused by stress at work looking after refugees, I’ve also reevaluated my life and am changing course. I pray for you and your family.

    1. Hi Catherine – thank you for sharing your experience as well. Have you written about it anywhere? I’d be interested in finding out more about your journey.

      Thank you for your encouragement :-)

  4. There is a notable difference between transparency and nakedness… well done Scôôtt 😉. And to rebuild the platform is a critical but necessary process. Do well Scôôtt.

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