In 2004 I started my first blog. In those days I was basically writing about being a church planter and leader. As the blog became more popular an ugly thing happened – I became addicted to the approval it brought. My days had become totally focused on my next blog post, how many people commented on yesterday’s blog post and how many subscribers I had racked up. It became all-consuming and disruptive to the other areas of my life. So I quit. Cold turkey. I just stopped writing one day and walked away.
Over the past 8 years my life has moved from pastoring a church to working full-time with the homeless, impoverished and incarcerated in this country. With this change has brought about a new understanding of how people end up on the streets without hope and direction – and the steps that can be taken to help them overcome it. My advocacy for the impoverished and incarcerated comes strictly from living it out, walking with people through life and being in close proximity to those affected. With proximity comes understanding. With understanding comes questions. With questions come solutions.
With proximity comes understanding. With understanding comes questions. With questions come solutions.– Chris Elrod
As time has progressed I have found myself constantly pulled between the street pastor, advocate, speaker and consultant roles of which my life has become. Every day there are so many calls, texts, emails and social media messages from folks wanting answers for the homeless, gentrification, poverty and prison crisis in America. I have come to realize that I cannot be everywhere all of the time – nor can I wear each hat of my public identity every day. Out of a desire to be able to better address the issues of poverty and imprisonment in America I have once again come to the idea of wiring a blog. A vehicle for which I can help others learn the root cause of homelessness, gentrification and inefficient inmate aftercare in our country – as well as provide solutions in written form in order to lend a positive voice for overcoming it.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary today of the launch of Apollo 11, I thought it would also be a good time to launch this blog. My plan is to post something every week on the subjects of poverty, homelessness, prison reform, leadership and occasionally the Church. There are also plans for a podcast laster this year of which this blog will work hand-in-hand to provide resources for others to use. If you have any questions, please fill free to go to the contact page. I will do my best to answer. In the meantime, thank you for taking the time to stop by today.