No New Direction

You did a good job trying to cover the difficult issue of the resignation and restructuring of the board of directors of the U.S. Center for World Mission [News, March 11]. You mention “accountability and control” as the main disagreement, and I appreciate the fact that you did not make it out to be a matter of ethics or integrity.

There has never been a time when the USCWM did not have a board that had absolute authority and ability to remove Dr. Winter or any other officer. A few members of the previous board realized that were that to happen, the majority of the staff would leave as well. Instead, the majority of the board decided to let Dr. Winter reconstitute a board that would be able to work with him. Contrary to what the article plainly states, 11 of the 17 current board or their wives are former board members, including every one of the founding board members. We are not drifting off into some new direction!

Rev. Greg Parsons, Executive Director U.S.

Center for World Mission

Pasadena, Calif.

Youth ministers can help

I read with concern George Brushaber’s editorial “The Coming Clergy Dearth” [Feb. 11]. In naming responses to the critical shortage of pastors and missionaries, you overlooked youth ministers, who are pivotally placed to meet this challenge. As a full-time youth minister, I feel I should find as many opportunities as possible to present our youth group with the challenge of the ministry. Mission trips, choir tours, and regular missions studies are always concluded in our group with a clear challenge to seek God’s leadership regarding the ministry.

All youth ministers/youth workers [should] realize their position of responsibility to present the “ministry challenge” to their youth groups, creating ...

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