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

 Brennan  MANNING


Hi, my name is Joel, and you’ve found your way to Simply on Mission (SOM). I am a spiritual director, 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

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