It was June when I saw the post on the Facebook 5e forum that there was going to be a retreat looking at spirit and D&D. It was called Pastors and Dragon and it was happening in August of this year.
It was right after I started to really tune into this idea that there was more going on in D&D than what we were seeing. That perhaps there was a way to work with Spirit while we played D&D and then this Retreat manifested. I discussed it with my wife and she said, of course you have to go! Another big YES!
I really owe the creation of Dragon Ministries to my wife and partner, Dhyana Kluth. She has been the guiding force behind this passion project. She was the first to point out to me that everything being created around D&D was a form of my ministry. She helped me see the magic that was being created and the friendships and community that were growing from this game.
With every step of the Dragon Ministry came to life, Dhyana has been there. She has given me the nudge (and sometimes a big push) to make this all come to life. She has shown me the big YES that has been this experience for me.
She has always supported me with this endeavor, she has been the leader in homeschooling our children, she has found the Unschool conference and she introduced me to most of the families in my current on-going campaign. She has helped me find so much joy and happiness in my life and helped me bring life to this ministry.
Let me introduce to you how Dragon Ministries started. My family attends an unschooling conference each May in Sandusky, Ohio. This year, my daughter and I presented about the learning benefits of Dungeons and Dragons. Vivian and I had a great amount of fun doing the presentation and preparing for it. Vivian did a great job balancing preparing for the talk while rehearsing for her role as the evil stepmother in a local production of Cinderella.
We were honored with support from Wizards of the Coast, who sent 100 starter kits to give away after the talk. That alone was an amazing YES from the Universe. I am always learning to listen to the big YESSES I receive.
For the conference, I was organizing D&D game play and all the spots filled up quickly. When our talk was over a father came to me and said that his son wasn't able to get into any of the games and it was really the only thing he was interested in doing this week. Could I help get him the opportunity to play?