Hi, my name is Joel, and you’ve found your way to Simply on Mission (SOM). I am a spiritual director who works in the non-profit sector, and the purpose for SOM is to create a space for practical, spiritual formation resources for those passionate about mercy and justice. Maybe you can relate with this paraphrase of Scripture from Eugene Peterson’s The Message:

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

That’s what SOM is about: keeping company with Jesus Christ, and learning how to live freely and lightly – alive in love, marked by mercy, and walking out compassion. Whether you work in a church, non-profit organization, are a parent, a teacher, or a barista, it is crucial for our hearts to stay connected to Christ as our Source as we partner with Him in bringing His kingdom in our lives.

I hope this space helps you on your journey.

Thank you for visiting,
Joel Bidderman | Email

“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God.
This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.”


“A changed world begins with us…
and a changed us begins when we pray.”



Joel Bidderman is a graduate of Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction, and a minister with years of cross-cultural experience both in the local church and in para-church ministry. He is the worship pastor at Vineyard Gilbert, is a part of the network of the Alliance of Renewal Churches, and a member of the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona

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