Thousand Hills Baptist Association
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Monthly Message from the Director of Missions

October 2018

One of the things I learned quickly in my first pastorate in suburban Chicago was that the strategy I laid out when I first arrived there was not working as well as I thought it would. I was a recent seminary graduate and translating textbook ideas into “real world” was harder than I imagined. Likewise our association strategies (plans) need to shift focus from time to time. I am asking our THBA leadership team to spend some time helping us refocus on what we can do best as an association. I am sure there are some things that need to be adjusted already from the time I began this work six years ago. I hinted at some of these things in my report to the annual meeting messengers, September 9th.

In Acts 15 it is written that Paul and Silas had a dispute about their missionary strategy. It involved whether John Mark would accompany them on their next trip. It was decided that Barnabus would take John Mark with him to Cyprus. Paul and Silas would go to Syria and Cilicia. Soon after that, the Spirit of the Lord called Paul into Macedonia, where a great church was planted and revival broke out at Philippi.

Sometimes we need to change our plans. Circumstances change. People move around. But we always need to listen to the Lord as He directs us in our missionary endeavors.

Let’s stay tuned and continue to work together in the THBA for God’s mission work in northeast Missouri to be accomplished and prosper. Some changes may be ahead. I am eager to learn what is next.