Today’s quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
While those few words could take a thoughtful person in many directions, I’m content with one simple illustration. In recent years the creativity of pastors and people in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has resulted in the origination of numerous parachurch ministries, including:
- Best Practices for Ministry – “A FREE conference for those who love the local church, the unchurched and the LCMS” – https://www.facebook.com/BestPracticesForMinistry/
- Pastor 360 – Making life and ministry better for pastors, congregations and families –pastor360.com
- Mission of Christ Network – Making known the light, love, and peace of Jesus Christ to people around the world – https://missionofchrist.org
- J2e3 – Jesus to…Everyone. Everywhere. Everyday. – j2e3.com
- Five Two – Christian entrepreneurs passionate about reaching those who don’t know Jesus – fivetwo.com
- MinistryFocus – Making student loan debt repayment grants to professional LCMS church workers – ministryfocus.org
- Dwelling 1:14 – Joining Jesus on His mission – https://dwelling114.org/
There may be other newly created ministries. These are ones with which I am familiar, all begun within the past several years by someone in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
Although the one acorn reference in the quote above might not fit exactly with these examples, I thank God for the thousands of people (thousand forests?) whose lives are touched by the creation of these ministries and of additional ministries that will surely follow.
St. Paul wrote: “I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (1 Cor. 9:22-23)