I’m writing to share a little inside information. At Annual Meeting, we will be introducing a new BGCT web site designed to help Texas Baptists better connect around one of our great passions — missions. (The current one, www.bgct.org, will still be live and will undergo an upgrade sometime in 2008.)
Ashli Young, our web content manager, and her team have worked hard to get phase one of the missions site ready in time for the convention. The WorldconneX staff also has been an important part of this effort. It will be a good beginning, but its potential is much greater.
This web site is a result of the Missions Exchange meeting held earlier this year at the behest of BGCT President Steve Vernon. Brenda Sanders, of our Collegiate Ministry staff, surfaced the idea of an interactive missions web site after a small group session.
It’s exciting to look ahead to the new things we can do together as Texas Baptists. As Charles Wade nears the end of his tenure as executive director, the forward thinking has not stopped. He and Ron Gunter have empowered this specific project by making it a priority.
I was in a conference today where the speaker, Jim Lukaszewski, talked about strategic thinking. Among other things, he said strategic thinkers are always positive, energizing and purposeful.
Lukaszewski also said what is not strategic — debating the past, focusing on the unimportant and being negative.
Strategic thinking is about “where we’re going and not who is right and who is wrong.”
This new missions web site is a product of strategic thinking. It’s about where we are going. It recognizes that we have a job to do — missions — and we need to be about it. Steve Vernon and Charles Wade have pointed us down this road, and we should tip our hats in their direction.