For the past year, the senior staff and the Board of Directors at White Horse Inn have discussed how we can continue to serve the churches of Jesus Christ around the world. We have held numerous workshops and meetings over the past year. We have solicited much input and advice as we consider the many opportunities before us.
Many voices, including our own WHI Board of Directors, have challenged us to consider how we might more effectively encourage believers and pastors in the local church, particularly overseas. For almost 25 years WHI has encouraged believers with biblical truth drawn from the confessional streams of the Reformation—Anglican, Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian and Reformed—to help all of us know what we believe and why we believe it. How should we steward these resources to be the most useful in the years ahead?
As we blogged earlier this year, White Horse Inn president Mark Green traveled to meet with pastors and academic leaders in South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe about how WHI could be more helpful to them and their congregations in the future. This dream of WHI expanding overseas is happening! Michael Horton is a respected scholar overseas and all parties are excited to explore how Dr. Horton might be able to visit and encourage those who serve the local church in both the seminary and pastorate. We were able to leave WHI materials in six countries and promised to review future possibilities. We are most excited about India and a few select countries in the Middle East and Africa.
In the midst of these discussions one of our long-time hosts of White Horse Inn, Rev. Ken Jones, told us he would be resigning. We’re so grateful for the many years he has joined Mike, Kim, and Rod. WHI won’t be the same without him and we wish him all God’s blessings as he devotes more time to his church and his future ministry projects. Rod Rosenbladt and Kim Riddlebarger will continue to serve with Mike Horton as the core of our White Horse Inn roundtable discussions. The White Horse Inn hosts will invite other respected voices into the studio, focusing on the following areas over the next year:
Youth Ministry: Keeping Our Kids May – June
Faith & Mental Illness July – August
Hospitality September – October
Do We All Worship the Same God? November – December
The Book of Hebrews January – February
The Holy Spirit March – April
You may have noticed that we now align our White Horse Inn programs and our magazine, Modern Reformation, to talk about the same topic at the same time. Our Study Kits follow the same theme and are available at the beginning of each of our series. So now you can listen, read, and study the same topics to help you know what you believe and why you believe it!
We are also exploring new program ideas, new media platforms and new international events to expand the work of the past 25 years and build the foundation for the next 25 years.
Will you pray for us for us during these wonderful growing pains so that we can expand our service to you and others like you? Continue to send us those letters and emails about how you have been encouraged through our work here at White Horse Inn. We love to hear from you and we read each and every letter. Stay tuned as we share with you some of our new plans and ideas. Thank you for your support!