My name is Zach Hoag. I’m an author, preacher, and creator on a mission to just keep writing—and help you keep writing, too.
Here’s my “official” author bio:
Zach Hoag is an author, preacher, and creator from New England. Planting a church in one of the least churched cities in the U.S. (Burlington, Vermont), and pursuing ministry beyond that in a variety of spaces, Zach has learned a few things about the power of a deeply rooted life in Christ. Zach has found belonging in the Vermont countryside where he lives with his wife, Kalen, and their three girls. Find him writing at zhoag.com and follow him on Twitter @zhoag.
But that only scratches the surface. Want to dig a bit deeper?
Just Keep Writing
You’ve probably noticed this slogan popping up around the site: Just keep writing. At first glance, it’s a pretty simple idea—and that’s good. Simple can be powerful. Simple can have depth.
And there is, in fact, a deeper story behind the slogan. One that goes back to my own childhood growing up in an unhealthy ministry family yet feeling a strong and undeniable call to ministry myself. One that traces its way forward to growing into my own ministry identity and planting a church intent on engaging the culture of our progressive city. One that peaks in the dramatic unraveling of that same church plant, which triggered apocalyptic eruptions in all the other areas of my life, too.
It was in that season after the end of our church plant that I questioned everything—including, and perhaps especially, the call on my life. How could this happen, when I had spent my whole life wanting nothing other than to serve God in ministry? How could my life, or anything for that matter, make sense beyond this darkness and deconstruction?
In a moment of desperation I cried out to God: “What do I do now?”
I’m convinced he answered: “Just keep writing.”
And I haven’t stopped since. My mission to just keep writing has taken me all over the Internet, to blogs and publications galore, and finally to a two-book contract with Zondervan Publishers. It’s restored my calling in a brand new way, and given me the opportunity to help others keep writing, too.
Most importantly, my mission to just keep writing has brought deep healing to my soul and genuine flourishing to my life. If you’re a writer, or want to be one, this health and flourishing could be yours as well.
Writing Into the Light
So my mission is to just keep writing. But what, exactly, am I writing? Answer: I’m writing into the light. Which is to say, I am revealing truth and radiating hope in everything I write and create.
Revealing truth is the prophetic part of the equation: pushing past the BS to get to the authentic, the Real, underneath. Revealing truth may ruffle feathers, but it will also make a real impact, and bring real change.
Radiating hope is the creative part of the equation: having confronted and deconstructed, now the task of seeing and creating new realities can begin. Radiating hope is not pie-in-the-sky positivity, but it is brimming with brilliant possibility all the same.
Write the Future
More to come…Everything changes when we begin to believe the light is winning.Click To Tweet