By Dr. Michael Proud Jr., Director of Missions
Hello Pastors and Ministry Leaders,
As I am writing my final newsletter article, I do so with very mixed emotions. While I am excited about the opportunity which Sally and I believe the Lord has provided, my heart is heavy because I will miss the work and especially the relationships, I have built over these past 10+ years. For those of you who are unaware, I will begin a new ministry role as the Executive Director for the Colorado Baptist General Convention on December 1, 2021.
In my resignation letter to the Advisory Team, I shared with them that serving as your Director of Missions has been the highlight of my ministry life. I have had some tremendous blessings in the churches I have served, but this expanded role of ministry influence has been greater than I could have ever imagined. The role of Director of Missions in the Orange County Southern Baptist Association has given me an even greater love for the Church as I have gotten to experience all the wonderful expressions of worship and service which exist in the diversity of our congregations. This association is as close to the make-up of heaven as I ever expect to see this side of eternity.
I cannot express in words how much I have loved this role and the churches of this association. We have seen much growth in terms of partnership together. I will always carry my love for you wherever I go, and I will glow with pride when I talk to others about the value of the local association and how it can be so effective in serving the local church.
As you probably know by now, my last “official” function as Director of Missions will be the Annual Celebration and Mission Festival on Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 AM at Mid-Cities Baptist Church in Westminster. I pray I get to see you there so I can personally express my gratefulness to you for allowing me to walk with you on this journey!
Thank you for your patience with me. Thank you for your expressions of love for me over the years. But more than anything I want to thank you for allowing me to serve you as your Director of Missions. I will always be humbled by the trust you placed in me over the years!
I genuinely love you all!