This is my final blog for Ministry. For the past five and a half years I have been blessed to serve with a remarkable team. I have learned some lessons that I will always remember:
- Two are better than one. It has been my privilege to serve with Dr. Willie Hucks, associate editor of Ministry (now serving as interim editor). While we have much in common, both having pastoral and teaching experience, we brought different perspectives to our work as a team. The wise man Solomon was right: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor” (Eccles. 4:9).
- It takes a team. While some of us are more visible, it takes a team for a ministry to thrive. Sheryl Beck, our editorial specialist, John Feezer, our finance and technology manager, and a host of other content editors, copy editors, graphic designers, and, of course, great authors are vitally important for our Ministry team to fulfill our mission.
- Ministry is changing. While the message remains the same, the delivery systems and our audience are constantly changing. Consider what has transpired on the technological landscape. Ministry has launched a digital version of our journal and provided a fully searchable Web site. Now you can read the journal on your smart phone, or search for great resources from your laptop.
- God is still at work. This sounds obvious, but it’s vitally important to remember—this is God’s work, and He invites us to join Him in His work. We’re not that strong, and we’re not that smart. But His strength is made perfect even in our weakness. When we courageously follow His leading, trusting in His enabling presence, we will see Him work in and through us in miraculous ways. To Him be all the glory, forever and ever. Amen.