Dear Vineyard Family-
Does it ever seem like every time we think we have something in ministry figured out, something changes? People change, culture changes, churches change, and therefore our approach must change. Our anchor in the midst of all this is, of course, that the gospel never changes.
One inevitable source of change is time. As years go by, new generations emerge, and take the place of earlier generations. This shift is always challenging, and as the Vineyard moves into the next generation, it is a challenge we must face. This November in Boise we'll be gathering to learn from each other about how these transitions work. You can read below about the transition at Boise Vineyard to its current senior pastor, Trevor Estes.
Another remarkable change happening is the increasing ethnic diversity of our country. Coast Vineyard has worked hard on engaging this new reality, and pastor Jamie Wilson shares the challenges and joys of welcoming new groups of people into a congregation.
Insoo Kim and Rich Nathan put a lot of time into helping us think through all of the tensions of embracing the timeless gospel in changing times. Joe Gorra from the Anaheim Vineyard has written a helpful review of their new book Both-And.
I've ministered in Spanish and English, locally and internationally, in large settings and small settings, and in all these realities, the goodness of God has never failed me. As we continue to move forward into what God has for us, I'm trusting his goodness to guide us as a movement. I pray God's faithful love over you, your family, and your congregation this month.
For the greater glory of God and the well-being of people,