As many readers of this blog may be aware, I announced my resignation as Principal of Carey Baptist College last week. I have been appointed Associate Director (Langham Preaching) and will be starting in this role in 2009. The plan is to be based in Auckland for 3-4 years before relocating to somewhere in South Asia.
Langham Preaching is one of the three ministries of Langham Partnership International, a global mission initiative founded by John Stott. Check-out the website: Langham Partnership International.
It is the following video which I have found so compelling, having watched it numerous times over the past two years. I cannot think of anything more strategic in the mission of God in the world and never ever seriously entertained the thought that one day I might have the delight and privilege of being involved in this work.
It is a big change for our family. It is an earlier move on from Carey than we expected. It is possible that my first month in the job will be twenty years to the month since I was first invited to consider a role at the Bible College of New Zealand. And so it will bring to conclusion two decades in theological education and the training of preachers here in NZ. These twin passions - theological education and biblical preaching - are at the core of Langham's global ministry.
One more thing... As you watch this clip from youtube you too may feel stirred by Langham's vision. Well, Langham Partnership (NZ) is just a few months old and while mine is an international staff appointment, LPNZ is having to set up an office and being asked to contribute to my support. Barby and I warmly welcome the opportunity to build a team of people who will stand with us in this ministry, praying and giving as they are able. If you'd like to register that kind of interest, send an email to email@example.com and we will begin to communicate with you. Thank-you!
[added later, in July 2008 - a second video of Langham Preaching, this time in Vanuatu]
Meanwhile I need to focus on finishing well at Carey :)