Posted by: Jack | November 9, 2013

Planes, people and prospects

Beautiful colors near Detroit, as we drove up to meet our hosts for the weekend

Beautiful colors near Detroit, as we drove up to meet our hosts for the weekend

Whew, we went to the States and are back already. It was a quick two-week trip, with three plane rides, three church visits, four leadership interviews, 5 different beds, and one family visit. We couldn’t get over the beautiful fall colors – much more intense than what we see in the Netherlands

It was the tail end of our furlough of the summer of 2012, visiting three supporting churches we couldn’t squeeze in at that time. We are delighted with the many friends we visited, with the interest in missions in our churches, and with the efforts of many to keep missions as a key focus of their lives and their churches. Hats off to those of you who invest many hours into this!

Bonfire potluck and missionary testimonies

Bonfire potluck and missionary testimonies

We visited Pat’s father, who is getting weaker by the day, so it seems, and are very concerned for those who provide care for him. The care needs get larger but the available energy doesn’t! Many of you know this dilemma firsthand, so we appreciate your prayers for this.

Jack interviewed 4 pastors along the way, as he embarked on a new 2-4 year project, investigating the future of church leadership. Many churches experience dramatic ministry changes, and the job of pastoral leadership changes along with it. What will that look like in 5 years? In 10 years? A combination of interviews with pastors in various countries and denominations, as well as with research in the literature should provide insight to help keep the ETF on target in trainings our students for church leadership. But it is much wider, so we pray that the results will be helpful to pastors, churches and seminaries in many places.

Thanks for praying. Check our blog for more information.

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