Just before Labor Day, Theology Matters received the last of $25,000 in new gifts needed to match the grant offered by a generous friend. We celebrate this good news with thanks to God and to all the friends who brought us to this milestone. You have risen to the challenge and opened the way to a new stage in the work of Theology Matters.
This spring when we heard of our friend's matching offer, it was a huge and joyous surprise. We received it as God's providence amidst a time of transition. This offer gave us courage to imagine the possibility of calling the paid full-time executive director/editor that we knew we needed--someone who would be able to expand this ministry to reach new people in new ways.
If we could find friends to help us match the $25,000, we decided, we could move toward making that possibility a reality. So our board of directors set an ambitious goal of gathering the matching money by the end of summer. We met that goal; indeed, we have now exceeded the goal. Thanks be to God, and to all whom he moved to give so generously--even during the normally "slow" summer months. We are blessed and heartened by your response.
With this encouragement, our board has now set in motion the search for a full-time director/editor. We will be pursuing that search in the remaining months of this year. If any candidates come to mind, we would welcome your suggestions.
Of course, the combined sum of $50,000 is only a start--it's earnest money, you might say--toward what we would need to support a full-time director/editor. But it's a good start. We have much work ahead of us in finding the right person and securing the full funding. We go forward with confidence that, by God's grace and with the help of friends like you, we can reach those next goals too.
If you missed the opportunity to contribute to the matching fund, Theology Matters still stands in need of your support. Our board's search committee will be most grateful for all the friends standing behind it, backing it up with the necessary resources, as that committee communicates with candidates about the director/editor position.
You may make your contribution electronically using the button at the bottom of this email. Or you may mail a check to Theology Matters at the address below.
May I also suggest the possibility of including Theology Matters in your congregation's annual budget for the coming year? We have a number of congregations that see our work of theological renewal as not only beneficial to their members but also a part of the church's larger mission. I would encourage you to share Theology Matters--the print edition as well as these emails--with your pastor and ruling elders and see whether they might share that sense of mission.
Thanks again to all our partners in this ministry who have made possible the good news that I now share.
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Yours in Christ,
Alan F.H. Wisdom
Interim Editor, Theology Matters