When I took the helm at GCD in 2013, I saw great potential in the ministry's ability to continue its already stellar reputation for resourcing churches to make, mature, and multiply disciples. Since then, our site traffic has continued to improve, GCD Books has grown exponentially, and our has staff expanded. Further, the Director role at GCD expanded to Executive Director, shifting from managing articles and social media to vision-casting, fundraising, and oversight of our incredibly talented staff. We also created a more official Board to advise the Executive Director. Needless to say, we are thankful for all God has done over the past two years. I took over as Director for Brad Watson in 2013, and he's been a faithful member of the Board ever since. In Board meetings, he always seems to find a way to offer the most practical, gospel-driven solution to our biggest concerns about the ministry. After extensive prayer and considering several candidates, we believe that God kept Brad around for a reason. When looking at the qualifications for Executive Director, the Board decided that it was clear: Brad needs to retake the helm. He is one of the most God-honoring, visionary leaders that I know, and we are overjoyed to have him back in the day-to-day of GCD!
In case you don't know him, Brad serves as a pastor of Bread & Wine Communities in Portland, Oregon and is co-author with Jonathan Dodson of Raised? and Called Together. His greatest passion is to encourage and equip leaders for the mission of making disciples, and this is evident if you spend any time with him. His love for Jesus feeds into his love for the Church, which feeds into his love for making disciples, which feeds into his love for GCD.
Please pray for Brad and for GCD as he begins as Executive Director this week, and as I step into my new role as a Board member. Also, follow Brad on Twitter at @BradAWatson and congratulate him! Thank you for your love and support of GCD.