If we haven’t had a chance to meet, my name is Aaron. I am a follower of Jesus, a husband, a dad, and a church planter, in that order.
Although my early years would never have suggested it, I have spent most of my adult life involved in church planting. I’ve been a volunteer, a staff member, a launch team member, a lead planter, a sending pastor and now a district and network leader. I’ve managed to succeed at some things along the way and I’ve failed at many more. This blog is where I process some of the things I’ve learned, am learning and relearning along the way in hopes of helping fellow spiritual leaders and sojourners.
I currently serve as the Associate Director of Church Planting for the EFCA’s Southeast District, lead Business Growth Consultant at Rev Consulting, founding board member of Pillar Seminary, and founding movement team member of the Creo Collective multiplication network.
The Bio I Wish I Had:
When it comes to life, Aaron Loy is a man among boys.
He never argues with wife, never loses patience with his kids, always says and does the right thing, and never ever loses his temper with religious people who are more concerned with being right than doing right.
He knows that failure exists in theory, though he has never experienced it for himself. He is aware that sometimes leaders are afraid, but Aaron knows only unshakable courage. He certainly never questions himself or his ability to live up to the mission God has called him to. Most days he lives and leads with such influence, that he needs only to speak and new churches are planted and lives forever changed.
My Real Bio:
Yea, not even close.
The truth is I am a very ordinary guy who struggles often and has failed regularly throughout my relatively short life.
I’ve done a lot of dumb things in that span of time – like repeatedly jumping from my bike onto moving trains as a child, chasing an intruder through our house butt naked, and “many” other things of a more serious nature my wife warns she could easily recall.
I have to work very hard to do what I do. Anything that appears natural or easy is only an illusion. When I manage to succeed, it almost always comes through a combination of invested blood, sweat and tears. And despite my best efforts, there are still many days that I only manage to achieve mediocrity.
Only by God’s grace do I find myself somehow blessed with an incredible wife, three (mostly) wonderful kids, serving and supporting church planters as they plant new communities of faith across the Southeast.
When it comes down to it, I am really just an ordinary guy serving an extraordinary Savior and dreaming of an extraordinary Church. It turns out that God is rather fond of using ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things so I am doing my best to help others worship hard, love well and risk much as we stumble forward together.
A Quick Disclaimer
This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here are just that: my opinions. They do not necessarily reflect those of any organization I am employed by or associated with, so please do not hold any of them responsible for the things that come out of my mouth. What I share here is from where I am currently at in my own process learning and growing. Please note that I reserve the right to disagree with myself at any time.