Letter From the President
When was the last time I wept over the life and soul of someone outside my family?
One of the challenges we face in ministry, and I include myself, is that we get so wrapped up in ministry, we see the sea of humanity but don’t see the real heart of humanity. We see the trouble in our world, and we look at it corporately and politically—talking about this agenda and that agenda, about this party and that party. We don’t look at the heart issues.
Could it be that God would call us to our knees once again as the Evangelical Free Church to say, “Lord, show me the real needs of people”?
The real need in our day and age is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and that people be discipled in their walk with Jesus Christ.
I’ve asked myself, When was the last time I wept over the life and soul of someone outside my family whose walls of protection were broken down because they didn’t know Jesus?
When I shared with the EFCA national office staff that I was going to move into this time of transition, eventually stepping down as president of our movement, I said, “I don’t yet know what I’ll do. But one place you will find me is in some coffee shop talking with pagans, because I have been so consumed with ‘ministry’ that I haven’t spent enough time with people whose real needs are Jesus.”
Will you go with me on a journey and allow God to break our hearts and give us compassion?
That’s what happened to Nehemiah. He was broken, he was sorrowful and he fasted, but then He prayed. He didn’t jump right into planning. He prayed. And he appealed for a righteous solution.
I propose to you: God hears that kind of prayer. He is ready to hear prayers from those who appeal to Him on the basis of His character, confess their sin and appeal to Him for a righteous solution.
After Nehemiah repented, he set a vision for the remnant in Jerusalem and planned to meet that vision. That brings us to where we are in the EFCA. Over the past few years, we’ve had a lot of discussions about vision. The vision that we need to focus on comes right out of Scripture:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
God wants to call us back to a vision from His heart: to allow Him to break our hearts for the least, the last and the lost, and reach out to them with the good news of the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. When that gospel message penetrates the heart and life of a person, they begin on a journey that the gospel continues to move and work in their life through the power of the Holy Spirit, and that’s called discipleship. And we get to be a part of that journey.
I believe that’s where God is calling us as the Evangelical Free Church. Won’t you join me?