By: Stephen Lewis
December 31, 2011
Happy New Year! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and that you are preparing for an exciting new year.
As people contemplate New Year’s resolutions, many Christians around the world are preparing to celebrate the feast day of Epiphany, which commemorates God’s revelation in Jesus and his appearance to the world as God’s beloved Son.
What is God’s revelation in you or your organization? As God’s beloved, how will you appear to the world? On the dawn of a new year, these are two questions I am wrestling with on behalf of The Fund for Theological Education (FTE). And, we will spend significant time in 2012 discerning what God calls FTE to become in the next era of its history and specifically how it will conduct its work over the next several years.
This time of discernment offers the FTE Board, staff and me an opportunity to chart a viable path forward for the organization. While FTE will continue to conduct its business as usual, we will spend some time this year listening more intently to young adults, partners and friends as we discern God’s leading of FTE. I am especially excited about a few opportunities in 2012 toward this end, which consist of the following:
The future is bright with many possibilities. But we cannot envision or create it without partners like you. This work requires that we pay attention to a deeper longing for God’s revelation in all of us. It demands nothing less of us than our faith, courage and time.
The future compels us to embrace uncertainty and take extraordinary risk. It calls us to shift fundamentally the way we see, think and act together for the sake of what God envisions us—the church—to become and for the sake of the Gospel and the Spirit’s work in the world.
Therefore, we will resist making any New Year’s resolutions or predictions! Instead, we will spend the dawn of 2012 discerning FTE’s epiphany—what God is revealing about Godself in and through FTE and how the organization will manifest itself to the world in the months and years to come.
I pray that you have a wonderful and productive year and for God’s epiphany of the Holy child to be realized in us all.
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