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Fork In The Road

 

Did you ever get a feeling, have a strong inclination or hear a voice urging you to choose a certain path and discover something unexpected? There always comes a time in life when you find yourself at a fork in the road. Do you go down the road less traveled or the one which has been paved?

I have always have chosen the road less traveled, partly because I thrive in adversity and have a pioneering spirit. I have found in my life, life can be a series of thousands upon thousands of forks in the road. When you strip life down to its core, it’s all about making one choice after another. Add up all your choices and there’s your life. Life IS a fork in the road.

While covering the Death of Pope John Paul II in Rome, something happened to me. Something Big. Sitting on the plane as we returned after the Papal Conclave, God put a call on my life to use my talents to help the Kingdom. I really didn’t know what that looked like, nor how to go about making something like that happen; my life to that point was spent in Broadcast News and sitting in a pew on Sunday Mornings. God had a plan. Dana and I took the road less traveled when an opportunity from a church in rural Oklahoma called. That move was the hardest move we ever had to make, but it taught us so many things.

Three years a go my family joined Lawton First, a church birthed out of the great depression. It was a time of great excitement and change. I’ve spent the last few years helping the re shape it’s brand, develop a social media strategy to continue the conversation between Sundays, and most importantly develop a strong culture of storytelling. Those achievements pale in comparison to what God has done in the last three years and is continuing to do in our congregation and city.

Today with bittersweet emotions we let our Lawton First family know I would be stepping down from my role as the Director of Communications. It was a decision that we did not come to lightly, but a decision backed by God.

And after much conversation, prayer and fasting, I am excited to announce that I will be joining the team at Fellowship Technologies / Fellowship One in Irving, TX where I’ll be working as the Creative Director in the Marketing Department. I’m thrilled to be joining the team and working with my great friends there. Additionally, I have begun to work on a book with prospects it will be released next year, as well I plan on continuing to help the Church through speaking, consulting, and freelancing through Good World Creative.

While we venture down this new road, I know the next few weeks will be sentimental as we leave some of our closest friends, but we are very excited to see how God is going to use us in the future of sharing the story of Fellowship One and the Church.

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  1. Excited for you and your family. I am looking forward to where this takes you next. Congratulations!

  2. Super excited for you man! That’s absolutely fantastic. Please tell me you are going to visit us up in OKC one last time before moving

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  4. Congrats, Matt! Fellowship is home of good people. So glad you’re joining the team!!

  5. Exciting. Praying for you and your family.

  6. Always expect big things from you Matt!

    Good luck! Can’t wait to catch up and talk.

  7. Havent been following long, but glad for you. Enjoy new adventures.

  8. This is a big win for the Dallas area.

  9. If my grandkids grow up to be “Longhorn” supporters….your out of this family and there will be a showdown at high noon!!!!!!!!!

    Gary Davidson // Reply
  10. Almost to Austin …it’ll have to do.

    Congrats. Welcome to Texas.

    Vince // Reply
  11. Congrats Matt! You’ll do a great job! My parents enjoyed talking with you last week.

    Mbr // Reply
  12. Glad for you. Your story is inspiring.

    Meintweet // Reply
  13. love it! congrats!

  14. Congratsulations. Praying for you and your family as you make this transition.

    Greg Shore // Reply
  15. God Bless you in your new journey/adventure.

    Jean // Reply
  16. Proud of you BFAM. Keep following your heart. Wherever you go, you always make a difference! God surly approves of your work! Love the blog! Peace, Mark

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  17. praying for you tonight… sound sleep, peace in the midst of transition, a quick sense of ‘home’.

    excited for you, matt. this is gonna be good!