I am often amazed at how difficult people find change. I have come to realize that I am the odd duck who thrives on change. Over the last 30 years I have seen a lot of change; some of it in the mirror but more in the world around us. When I first started in ministry Al Gore had not yet invented the internet! Communicating the Good News was much easier because everyone shared the same ‘world view’ . The reality now is much different and we have had to adapt as we recognize that communicating the Gospel is always a cross-cultural event. This transition from proclamation alone to a proclamation rooted in incarnation has been the most exciting journey of my life. It has required of me a fresh understanding of my calling and a renewed appreciation of the life and ministry of Jesus. It has made me a student, once again, of the Red Letters. It has made me a passionate student of others so that I can establish authentic ways of communicating timeless truth in ways that can be heard and gladly received. This change has been a blast for me! I often do not know exactly what I am doing and it is always messy but for me at least this is part of the abundant life that is a part of God’s economy.
One thing has become emblematic of this, the change of name from Church Army to Threshold Ministries. Many are finding this personally difficult and I understand that but this change is not primarily for us it is for those who have yet to hear of Jesus’ amazing love! This after all is our ‘raison d’être’ . It will likely be a challenge for me to substitute ‘Threshold’ for ‘Church Army’ but if doing so wins a hearing for the Good News, it will be well worth it.
Fossils have scientific value because they never change. We are much more likely to have Kingdom value as we remain open to Holy Spirit possibilities, which will no doubt lead us into change and further blessing. To all this I say “Father, bring it on!”