Thank you for all you do to serve the church. Through the ministry of WORDsearch, it is our team’s desire to offer you resources and tools that will equip you in all that you do to build up the body of Christ and hopefully messages that will help you to not lose heart and to keep running the race God has set before you.
My mother was raised in a family that was very religious. In fact they were so religious, they didn’t go to church because they saw the church as less than perfect. My great-grandmother led my mother to faith in Christ as a young teenage girl and as she grew in her faith, she also grew in her longing to be a part of a church family. Mom told me stories of looking out her bedroom window where she could see the small country church in her community and longing to go. She began to pray that God would give her a husband that loved Christ and loved the church so they could go together and take their children.
God answered that prayer. I had the wonderful joy of having a Mom (and Dad) that loved the church and loved the leaders of the church. I was never allowed to be critical of the church. On many Sundays, the pastor or other leaders in the church would find their way to our house for Sunday lunch where Mom would love to serve and encourage these leaders.
So today, wherever you are, I want to encourage you and cheer you on in the work you do to serve the bride of Christ – His Church. Hebrews 12: 1-2 says it best: “Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.”
I have the honor of leading the team of B&H. This past year, WORDsearch joined our team. Leading any organization requires a focused vision or mission and key values that create the culture for health and success. You may already have this clearly defined. If not, give it some thought. You may want to pull in a few key leaders for a retreat or workout session to refresh or refocus your mission and create some key guardrails to measure the ongoing health of your church or team.
B&H’s mission is to create content in all forms that impacts people around the world with the truth of the gospel.
We have four key leadership and cultural stakes or guardrails for our mission.
1. Strategic spiritual leadership – we will seek God for our strategy. Our ultimate goal is to line up all we do with God’s assignment for us and His agenda in the world.
2. Business Leadership – we are committed to growth. We will grow because we want more people impacted by the gospel. We will use the tools of business to help us penetrate the market with the truth of
3. Excellence – we are committed to being knowledge leaders. We want to be good stewards of all that God had given us. The gospel requires us to give our best. Excellence does not mean perfection but it does mean a dying to self and being all in!
4. Learning Organization – we commit to develop and teach others. We will pour ourselves into the lives of others raising up future leaders so the baton of faith and the mission of our organization lives on after the current leaders retire or move on. Discipleship is about teaching. We must make the younger generation a priority.
It is our honor to serve you. Keep your eyes on Jesus and run the race all the way to the finish line!
Selma Wilson plans, directs, controls and coordinates the acquisition, development, production, marketing and selling of LifeWay’s trade products and services through B&H Publishing Group. She also oversees Crossbooks and WORDsearch.