First, let me start with where Changing Lanes began.
Changing Lanes has been on my heart for a couple years. Since Christi (my beautiful bride of 13 years) and I shared our story with our church, I have been consumed with passion to help others. The initial direction for the passion was to help men struggling with sexual addictions. It grew to include wanting to help teens find something greater than lure of sex.
Many people would ask “Do you have a name for your ministry?”. I was ashamed to say there was nothing I could come up with to give my ministry an identity. Finally after several attempts at creating a ministry name, Changing Lanes popped into my thoughts one night. I bounced the name off of Christi and several other people. Everyone liked the name, I liked the metaphors I could use from the name.
You may be saying “Great story Brett, but what is Changing Lanes?”. Let me see if I can answer your question:
What is Changing Lanes?
- Changing Lanes is a place for anyone struggling to come for encouragement or mentoring. You will find a place to share your struggles, read relevant words from God’s truth, read stories to challenge you and find a community to grow deeper with Christ as the center.
Are you a counselor?
- I am not a counselor. I am a sinner who has found grace and restoration through Jesus. Through the restoration, Christ has laid a burning desire in my heart to help others with sexual addictions. Having experienced many of the different types of struggles with sexual addiction, I am in a spot to empathize, encourage and mentor other people struggling with similiar issues.
What do you mean by mentoring?
- I do not claim to be a counselor, but I do think of myself as a mentor. I will meet with someone on a 1-on-1 bases for approximately 8 to 12 weeks. During the meetings, I will share some tools and encouragement in find how God can restore them. All the work I do for Changing Lanes is volunteer. I am not looking to make money from the ministry. The meetings last about an hour and are usually on Sunday afternoons.
What is not part of Changing Lanes?
- Changing Lanes is not here as a “stop gap” to get away from issues. It is not here to be a quick fix. I promise no guarantees. Since I am not the one making the decisions, I have no control of what changes you will see. It is between you and God. I’m just here to help you find the path and walk the path with you.
Is Changing Lanes only about sexual addictions?
- No. Sexual addictions is where Changing Lanes started, but there is more struggles facing people today than sexual addictions. You may be worried with the lose of a job, facing issues with food, marriage issues, child issues, depression or fear of the world’s chaois. We all have struggles and we all need someone to share the fears and doubt. We also need a place to share our victories.
Why are you creating Changing Lanes?
- The church has lost it’s role as being community. For Christ to become our center again, we need to be a community again. We can’t live this life alone and in isolation. I just want to see the church return to a community that supports and helps each other. When we are strengthed in Christ, then we can go out to a hurting world, a world looking for answers. What better answers than the truth of Jesus?!
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: