Whenever someone begins a new job, a new responsibility, or a new task, there is always a period of discovery and investigation. It reminds me of the 12 spies sent out to the Promised Land. The Lord spoke to Moses, “Send men to scout out the land of Canaan….” Then upon returning, the spies gave their report, “We went into the land where you sent us.” Of course, only Caleb gave the favorable report, “We must go up and take possession of the land….” (Numbers 13:2,27,30)
My first month as your new Director of Missions has been one of discovery and investigation, but one of going up and getting to know you and your churches. I have met 25 of you, pastors and interim pastors, and have visited 17 of our 34 churches. It has been a great time of talking, seeing, and visiting this ministry field which “flows with milk and honey”.
Also, I’m learning that there is a rich church and missions history in the Pickens Baptist Association which is widely respected throughout the Alabama State Convention. As Claren and I spoke with other DOMs, state staff, and WMU leadership at the annual convention last week in Huntsville, they could not tell us enough stories of how PBA has contributed to the life of our Alabama Southern Baptist churches and institutions.
As this discovery and investigation period continues, pray for Claren and me to have attentive ears to hear your stories and open eyes to see your ministry fields as ones which are “ripe unto harvest”.
Until next month…