As the General Assembly Mission Council said farewell to Tom Taylor as the Deputy Executive Director for Mission, many of us in leadership felt concerned about who will be the next our next leader? Who will set the direction for the next few years? What vision will this new leader cast for us? Enter Roger Demody. Recently he was introduced at the GAMC meeting as the one who will join the staff in this vital senior leadership position. As he spoke to us, he said in his interview process, “I dream of seeing the PCUSA be known for being a turn-around denomination.” My attention was immediately caught by the simplicity and hope of his declarative and visionary statement. The more I though about being a “turn-around” denomination, I was inspired! I thought I could give the next 3-5 years of my life to see that dream come true.
The power of a compelling vision is simply stated, thoughtfully accepted, and passionately pursued. Can you imagine with me over the next few years seeing a movement of church vitality that calls churches to discipleship, evangelism, and contextual ministry? Can you see hundreds of churches being formed every year by churches who are willing to own them, pray for them, and see its success? Will you do your part to see the PC(USA) be a turn-around denomination? It begins today. It begins in our local churches. The vision has been cast. Will you do everything in your power to accomplish the vision? Will you give your life for the vision? Count me in, I want to be first in line.