For the past three years, I’ve worked for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in two capacities: first, as the writer and producer of the Ministry’s two radio programs, “Let My People Think” and “Just Thinking” and secondly as the Project Manager for the Training and Special Projects Division. It has been, without question, three of the most formative years of my life.
I can say that because as of March 4th, I will no longer work for RZIM. I will move on to my new job, which is really my old job, which is as the Youth Minister for Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Grayson, GA. As Yogi Berra put it, “Deja vu all over again.” I’m so excited for the chance to go back to CGBC, which is my spiritual home, and minister to the students and families of our church and community.
But, as with all changes, there are some bittersweet realizations that come with this decision. There are things that I will dearly miss about being part of the world’s finest apologetics ministry. If you are a Christian and have never heard of RZIM, quit reading this right now and check out the website, or go listen to a podcast, or go view one of our YouTube videos. I promise you, you’ll love it.
And that’s the major bittersweet note in my departure–I deeply believe, and have been influenced by, the mission and passion of RZIM, which is helping people understand what Christianity is and why it makes the most sense of the universe we live in. I believe in it so deeply that I’ve changed my whole approach to preaching and teaching, my approach to the grand questions of life.
A second bittersweet note, and truthfully the major heartbreak of my decision, is the people I leave behind. I have been privileged to meet and work with some of the best and brightest minds of our time, and I’m not just talking about the people who trot out on-stage for the Ministry. I’m talking about the support staff in the Norcross office, people whose musings on faith and life and love and everything under the sun have been so important to my own development as a person and minister. I could name names, but really there’s no way to separate one or two from the collective. It’s the whole that makes the Ministry work.
I will name one name, and that’s the fella you see to your left. You may never have heard of him. His name is Stuart McAllister, and he’s been my boss for the last two years. I’ve only had one other boss that has meant more to me, or taught me as much, as Stuart. He has one dominant quality that makes him stand out: his commitment to living in Christ. That singlemindedness runs through everything else that makes up the man; it hones his intellect, sharpens his insights, multiplies his talents, and magnifies his grace. It has made him a blessing to work for. I have enjoyed almost all of our conversations (performance reviews included) to the point of committing much of what he’s said to memory (and what I can’t remember, I’ve printed out and filed away).
I don’t want to elevate him as if he were a god, A) because it would be unfair, and B) because if he found out about it, it would drive him crazy. But he’s been a blessing to work for and is a dear friend.
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