A Note from Aaron Babyar, Founder & CEO of Exago
Not long after starting full-time vocational ministry, God allowed my wife and I to start seeing many give their lives to Christ and experience true discipleship. We also began experiencing much stress and hardship that was difficult to explain - and even harder for others to relate too. We were surrounded by people, but also felt isolated with a burden of responsibility and leadership.
We were exhaustively pouring into others, but no one was pouring into us. It was both exciting and draining. Constant ministry was both a passion, and an accidental threat to our combined spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health.
Meanwhile, the organization we served with had major problems that compounded the challenges. Like many ministry workers, we felt increasingly at odds with being very much in love with God, thankful to be serving him, yet facing organizational problems we weren’t prepared for or empowered to be able to solve. Eventually we reached a crisis point. We almost QUIT ministry despite sensing an on-going call from the Lord.
If any of that sounds familiar to you, then rest assured that you aren’t alone. Many in full-time ministry find themselves struggling for balance. If not equipped properly, they tend to quit, burnout, give up, or somehow simply get out of the very ministry they felt called by God to do. That was nearly true of us, as we certainly considered permanently walking away as we desperately searched for alternatives.
"By God’s grace, we survived that difficult season. Some special people stepped into our need, spoke truth in love, and guided us towards healthier ministry and life balance. There was more to it than that of course, but God also used that experience to birth in us a passion to equip other kingdom workers and organizations to "survive and thrive.'"
- Aaron Babyar
If you are reading this, you are probably what we refer to as a kingdom worker. Do you have qualified people that you can trust, equipping YOU to survive and thrive in life and ministry? Someone who is outside of your organization that can help you see and fix blindspots? We pray that the answer is yes. However, perhaps Exago will have the opportunity to serve you through our involvement with coaching, training, or consulting.
Aaron J. Babyar
Aaron J. Babyar
More on Exago Founder Aaron Babyar
He and wife Marque raised their family in Northwest Arkansas and have four adult children, and have entered into the beautiful phase of life where they get to be grandparents. They spent much of 2022 living overseas doing missions work, but on the advisement of medical doctors, Aaron and Marque relocated to Kihei, HI in 2023 though he remains active doing Exago related travel.
OTHER AARON FUN FACTS:
- Declined invitations to play college basketball and to try out with a pro baseball team - but still loves sports! Actively plays basketball, road bikes, mountain bikes and loves to scuba dive, spearfish, hike, and kayak.
- Formerly a licensed private investigator in four different U.S. states.
- Met his wife Marque when he was a senior in high school and she was a college girl. He immediately went home and wrote her a 10 page love letter...finally married her 3 long years later.
- Through a formal partnership with Exago, Aaron helped build what was formerly called Support Raising Solutions and hosted the globally downloaded “SRS Podcast with Aaron Babyar”. He has physically traveled to train missionaries in many continents and countries.
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