Monday, April 08, 2013

Re-launching the Founders Blog

On July 15, 2005 the Founders Blog was launched with a brief “Welcome” post outlining our aims and purposes. In that post, I wrote the following, 
Our goal is to provide a forum for analyzing and discussing issues that relate to the work of biblical reformation in the churches throughout the Southern Baptist Convention and beyond. By "biblical reformation" we do not mean the promotion of a man, a system or a movement. We mean the ongoing re-formation of churches along biblical lines. A motto that arose out of the 16th century reformation recognizes this need. The reformers declared the need for "the church reformed, always reforming." So it should be. Any church leader who does not see this need is simply naive. Another way to state it is that a church needs to be growing--always growing according to the Word of God. 
In the nearly 8 years since that original post, the Founders Blog has tried to continue serving that purpose. On more than a few occasions it took a more personal turn since I was the exclusive author of the blog. But, for the most part, the content has focused on church-related issues. 

If you were around back in 2005-10, you no doubt have noticed that the frequency of postings began to decrease around 5 years ago. Over the last 2 years they have dropped dramatically. My blogging became limited almost exclusively to the eruption of particular issues that called for response. In many ways the trajectory of this blog’s activity has tracked pretty consistently with blogging in general. While the Founders blog is still ranked in the top 250 Christian blogs, the reason is mainly for content that was contributed in the first five years. 

I am happy to announce that, beginning today, the Founders Blog is becoming a group project. Men who share the core convictions of Founders Ministries have signed on, under the leadership of Dr. Tom Hicks, to revitalize the blog. Our hope is to make it more active and interactive by posting more regularly and addressing issues more quickly than has happened in recent years. 

For now, the contributors are: 

• Dr. Tom Hicks, Pastor of Discipleship, Morningview Baptist Church, Montgomery, AL (Tom is the team leader of the blog). 

• Dr. Fred Malone, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Clinton, LA 

• Dr. Tom Nettles, Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY 

• Dr. Phil Newton, Pastor, South Woods Baptist Church, Memphis, TN 

 • Dr. Kenneth Puls, Director of Publications and the Study Center for Founders Ministries, Cape Coral, FL 

• Dr. Jeff Robinson, Pastor, Philadelphia Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL 

• Jon English Lee, Ph.D. Student, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

I will also continue to contribute. 

Founders Ministries exists to work for the recovery of the gospel and the biblical re-formation of local churches. We have a myriad of ministries that are given to that two-pronged effort, including a church planting network, an online study center, a publishing house, a quarterly journal, regional conferences and events, minister search list, friends list, and church list. In addition to this our website is populated with loads of resources for pastors, students, church leaders and serious Christians. 

The relaunching of the Founders Blog will supplement these ongoing ministries and, hopefully, strengthen the work of encouraging churches to become healthier and more energetic in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to our needy world. The relaunching of the Founders Blog will supplement these ongoing ministries and, hopefully, strengthen the work of encouraging churches to become healthier and more energetic in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to our needy world. 

Blessings, 
Tom Ascol

3 comments:

Eric C. Thurmond, MS, LPC said...

Thanks for all that you guys do!

Pastor David Pitman said...

Sounds great! Sent a gift to help.

Tom said...

Thanks, David and Eric. You brothers are great encouragers!