Richard writes, “The operative word these days seems to be “transition.” While I generally like change and new challenges and opportunities, the Lord is stretching, not only the Brown family, but those around us, as well. The process began with Dr. Phillips’ December resignation as National Director. In spite of this loss, we are well-positioned to not only carry on our mission of planting churches among the urban poor but to refine and focus it through the excellent leadership that God has put in place: board of directors, vice presidents and ministry directors.
“Fred Broling is one of those leaders. He is a retired businessman serving on the board since 1978. He stepped down to take the leadership of World Impact. The board is presently searching for a new CEO.
“Briefly, other recent or in-process transitions include the following:
· The implementation of a hub-and-spoke organizational structure, by which our ministry will be divided into three regions: east, mid-west, and west, each to be led by a director/vice president and with a ministry director and operations director reporting to him.
· I have now, temporarily, taken on the operations director role for the west coast hub.
· The Brown family is about to transition out of Jefferson Christian Church, as we turn it over to the indigenous elders and deacons whom the Lord has faithfully raised up.
“For the sake of streamlining and cost-savings, I am leading some restructuring in the national office via outsourcing, namely our mailing process and some human resources administration.
“I am encouraged at the peace with which God has blessed us, as we allow Him to do battle on our behalf: Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent’ (Exodus 14:13,14).
“Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support for ministering in the inner city of Los Angeles.”