it’s about time

this coming weekend i will be at the M. J. Murdock Vision and Call intern retreat at Cascades Camp near Yelm, WA. I have been to the retreat for a number of years as a ministry leader and intern sponsor. Terry Stokesbary and the team do a fantastic job of encouraging and supporting Murdock sponsored interns from around the greater Northwest.

when i faced my recent job transition one of my regrets was that i wouldn’t be a part of the Vision and Call efforts of the Trust. I guess i worried too soon. As i stated i’m going back, but now as a part of the leadership team. it will be great to support the work of the Trust, reconnect with ministry friends, meet new interns and help make it the best weekend possible. my primary responsibilities are to facilitate small group sessions and related active learning sessions. this will be a great opportunity put my passions in practice.

saying goodbye…

last night was the final INN event for me. at least it was the last official event for me. the INN is embodied in people. the memories we share will be held and our relationships will go forward. i don’t think i will ever be able to express all of my joy and thanks for the years shared, but i saw with a full heart and all, thank you!

Great night with Bethany Christian Services

Bethany banquet
Bethany Christian Services 2011 Fall fundraiser

Enjoyed a wonderful evening MCing the annual Bethany Christian Services Fundraising Banquet. Over 250 gathered at the Ferndale Events Center for an evening of community, learning about the ministry of Bethany and actively supporting the ongoing efforts to care for children and families.

here we go!

my new website is live. please check it out at Great thanks to Keith & Lori Turley of for all of their help. I hope this new adventure will allow me to build on my past experiences and relationships. thanks for checking out the website and i look forward to what’s ahead.

web site launches

With the help of Keith and Lori Turley ( my web site is up and running. in the next few days I will be updating content for full communication. Thanks for visiting jim Schmotzer & Associates and I look forward to connecting  with you soon.