Christa Hutchins is a chemical engineer who works as a project manager in the engineering and construction Industry.
In her coaching business, Do A New Thing, Christa equips busy communicators and leaders with project management and problem solving skills so they can turn their big ideas into a successful ministry or business. She is passionate about teaching women to find practical application of the Bible in their personal, professional and ministry lives.
In Christa’s weekly podcast, Just One Simple Thing, she offers tactical solutions, based on Biblical principles, plus just one simple action step in each episode.
New Direction in the Empty Nest
In the empty nest years, God wants to take whatever He’s already brought you, where He’s already invested in you, what He’s already taught you and amplify that in a new and different way.
New View of Ministry
Ministry is not just the things we think of as “church” things. Leading Bible study. Working the nursery. Serving on the worship team.
Everything you see in the “out front” part of ministry has lots of behind the scenes management that takes place.
“Ministry is being faithful every day and using whatever skill you have in some way to be part of bringing people to Jesus”.
Looking for a New Direction? Dabble.
When we enter the empty nest season, we are often looking for that one thing God wants us to do next.
Christa suggests choosing 3-5 areas that you are interested in and “dabble’. Do small, low commitment jobs/tasks in each area for a time. A direction will become clear as you try out different things.
Don’t wait until you have clarity of direction before trying things.
“Clarity comes from action”.
What to do when you feel stuck
Sometimes the reasons we think we’re stuck aren’t the REAL reasons we’re stuck. Things like “I don’t know how to figure out the Instagram algorithm.” or “I don’t have enough money to hire an assistant” are what we think have us stuck.
The real problem is:
- Lack of focus.
- Lack of a plan.
- Lack of accountability to help us do what we have committed to do.
Christa’s What Kind of Stuck Are You? Quiz shows you the REAL reason you are stuck and provides you with an action plan for your “type of stuck”, and simple, proven tools to get you moving again!
Embracing the Empty Nest Years
If you retire in your early mid-60s, you could have 20-25 years left to serve the Lord.
You want to find something that:
- Is purposeful.
- Feeds your soul.
- Serves others.
- Honors God.
While acknowledging that the empty nest years do include loss, Christa encourages us to embrace the new and what we are gaining. We gain many new opportunities to:
- Experience life in a whole new way.