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Alan Ginn

Alan Ginn

Rev. Dr. Alan Ginn (ThM, 1977) shares about the joy of transitioning from nearly 30 years of pastoral ministry to worldwide pastoral training. The following is an excerpt from his DTS alumni blog.

God’s Sunrise after 30 Years of Ministry!
For us, 2007 is a ‘sun-rise’ year. While 2006 closed the door on almost 30 years of local church ministry at Chinese Grace Bible Church in Sacramento, 2007 is the dawn of another path of ministry...new beginnings. And as I look back on the past 30 years of pastoring a local church, I can look forward into the beams of this glorious sun-rise and attest that the will of God is “good, acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

As Bev and I walked down the aisle of the church on the 31st of December, to the applause of the congregation, I looked out at the people with a smile as I reflected on the two verses I had shared the day before. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it” and 1 Timothy 1:12 “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” Though the applause was for our years of ministry at the church, it was more of an applause to God for His faithfulness to our church.  

On February 2006, I made my announcement to step down from the pastoral ministry at Chinese Grace Bible at the end of the year and transition into fulltime missions. I committed to working towards a joy-filled, God-honoring transition. I understood that this journey would not just be mine, but our journey as a church and as the body of Christ. And as the transition came to an end on the last weekend of year 2006, it truly was a joy-filled and God-honoring celebration. I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit oozing in the sanctuary where the celebration ceremony was held. Nearly 400 pastors, missionaries, church leaders and church members from the greater Sacramento area came together for a glorious reunion. Pastors and leaders of different generations and different flocks joined together in the lyrics “To God be the Glory / Great things He has done.” The evening reception brought even more people together in joy-filled tears as individuals shared of the greatness and faithfulness of our God. While many view the close of 2006 as the end of a 30- year journey, I see it as the beginning of an even more exciting journey into 2007. It is not merely the sun-setting, but the sun of 2007 and all its opportunities rising.

It will be a year of an “unknown” journey in my own life. I did not know exactly how God would lead, but I was confident that He would clearly direct my path.  It will be a literal journey as I desire to train pastors at least 50% of my time overseas in third world nations – discipling local leaders through teaching and training.

Where We Are Now
As we approach the end of 2007, we are amazed at God’s leading and the wonderful new doors He’s opened for us! God has led us to join an organization, based in Chicago, whose vision is identical to what God has put on our hearts – to “Disciple Nations!” Leadership Resources International (LRI) focuses on training national pastors who in turn train other pastors in their countries. Their mission is: “Launching Pastoral Training Movements Worldwide.” We are delighted to be part of their team. Since we’ve joined them in April, I’ve been privileged to participate in three of their training seminars in:  Indonesia, China, Vietnam, and Nepal. I’m in the middle of my fourth trip with LRI – to China. God is good and faithful! He truly leads us in unknown and amazing paths!

As the sun rises on our lives, may the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, be exalted higher and higher in our lives as we journey with His light to this world.

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