Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I begin a two-week transition from pastoral ministry to international child advocacy

I am making a professional transition shortly and I want you to know about it. I have accepted an invitation to become the first Director of Advancement for an international child sponsorship initiative.

It is a $21-per-month child sponsorship program that currently provides life-changing support for 20,000 kids in 26 nations. During my recent 2,000-mile bicycle ride through India, I was amazed at the organization's great work with thousands of children I visited.

In my new role, I am challenged to broaden and grow participation in ICCM through enhanced communication and development so many more children can benefit from food, clothing, housing, education, and opportunity.

My adult life to this point has been invested urban ministry in Indianapolis, both with the church and in the community. I've been privileged to serve as pastor to two awesome urban congregations -- Shepherd Community and West Morris Street Free Methodist Church. I've served as Executive Director of the John H. Boner Community Center and Horizon House, working with at-risk housed and homeless neighbors.

If everything to this point is a preparation for what lies ahead, then this challenge will draw upon every lesson, relationship, awareness, breakthrough, and answered prayer. The opportunity to work directly on issues of international poverty, child education, development, and urban life enrichment highly motivates me at this point in my life.

I'll continue to live and work in Indianapolis, actively engaged in Indy networks and writing (and riding!) as avidly as ever. I begin my new assignment on June 29. My contact information below remains the same. I appreciate your prayers and ask for your support in this transition and exciting adventure.

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1 comment:

  1. John, I am excited to hear about this new position for you. How fortunate ICCM is to have you! I look forward to hearing udates on your new ministry.


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