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Some may consider Jeanne Moore to be taking a risk, but to her it is a leap of faith. Moore, who was a staff member at Vineyard Community Church in Greenwood, is transitioning to becoming an inspirational Christian speaker.
“We are open to wherever God sends us,” she said. “It has been a huge faith grower because I believe it is what he is calling me to do in this season. I can’t lean into doubt because I have to lean into faith.”
Joining the Vineyard staff was not Moore’s first plan as she wanted to go to a seminary. Learning to discern God’s plan is something Moore says has been unveiled to her over the years at the Vineyard.
“It’s kind of through bits and pieces God has given me along the way,” Moore said. “God called me to ministry 10 years ago, and when I said yes to him I thought that meant going to seminary, but that’s not what he had in store.”
Instead of being at a seminary, Moore was on the Vineyard team for 10 years as a reach-out pastor. What began as an internship turned into what Moore describes as a decade of growth.
“It’s been an awesome experience; I just view it as God putting more tools in my tool belt for ministry as I was under the tutelage under our senior pastor, Jim Bricker,” Moore said.
While the seminary may have been delayed, Moore did earn a master’s in divinity from Wesley Seminary in Marion in 2013. She also graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and studied in Israel. Now with the help of her husband, Terry, a real estate agent, Moore is ready to tackle life as a Christian speaker.
“It’s about extending our reach outside of the church walls,” she said. “It will be about bringing those who are far from God closer to God. I talk about joy; it’s based out of God cracking me open and filling me with his joy. So it’s about helping others to experience his joy.”
Moore said she believes that her husband’s marketing experience in real estate will contribute to the speaking tours. She is looking to present her conversational speaking style on how to walk the walk with God at church events, seminars and conferences.
“We are hopeful in prayer that God is going to open doors,” she said. “I think it will lend into my husband’s marketing expertise.”