On August 1, 2013, Alan Robinson — former senior pastor of the Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church in Pennsylvania — took the helm of the Brethren in Christ Church U.S. as its new national director, replacing long-serving moderator Warren Hoffman.
Hoffman, who served as moderator under the bi-national Brethren in Christ Church in North America from 1998, offered words of farewell in the June 2013 issue of Momentum.
Here’s an excerpt:
My immediate predecessors, general church leaders Harvey Sider and Don Shafer, made great contributions in preparing the Church for the next millennium. In a prophetic way, they looked ahead and, seeing what the Church would need to be and do in the coming years, challenged us to change in ways that equipped us to meet the opportunities of a new millennium.
And then the baton was passed to us. Not just to me; I mean to all of us. We have been the beneficiaries of all these contributions of our mothers and fathers in the faith. And, yes, the Lord has done great and wonderful things in and through us—all of us, together—in our generation.
Now, once again, the time has come to pass the baton. As is true in every generation, the coming span of years is an appointed time. For the people in our congregations, in our communities, indeed, for people everywhere in the world—this is the day of salvation!
God has shaped and prepared the Brethren in Christ for this day, as a jar of clay that contains the treasure of the transforming message and the all-surpassing power of God. God’s call now, as always, is to pour out this treasure, so that the fragrance of the light of the knowledge of the glory of God may spread everywhere.
As the BIC run the race in this generation, I expect there will be times of uncertainty and challenge. But we have good people, a great company of pastors, and a strong leadership team of bishops and executive directors. In Alan Robison, we have a leader who can relate warmly, think strategically, reason doctrinally, care pastorally, communicate articulately, and lead effectively.
Read Hoffman’s reflections in their entirety here.