One night long ago, wise ones began a journey of hope. They headed out to a place unknown, guided by a star and a conviction that a new baby named Jesus would grow up to change everything. And he did.
Recently, at Acadia Divinity College (ADC), three young Master of Divinity students also decided to embark on a journey of hope.
Late one evening, on a drive home from a class project, Jackson Dunn, Connor Kehoe, and Alex McMorine began talking about the future of the Eastern Valley Baptist Association (EVBA) . They all serve in churches within the Association and share a desire to see their churches engaged in vibrant ministry together.
“We talked about how our Association could work together more effectively in ministry,” said Jackson. “We agreed that if our churches want to have a real impact on our communities, then we need to do it together,” added Alex. Connor agreed, “We felt called to do something to help our Association find a new way forward.”
The three approached the executive of the EVBA, where they were met with great enthusiasm. The leadership agreed to have the trio lead a project to help them understand the needs of the churches and explore the future of the Association. “We will be leading the EVBA through a series of conversations to identify current roadblocks as well as possible opportunities,” said Connor.
“We talked about how our Association could work more effectively in ministry, and we agreed that if our churches want to have a real impact on our communities, then we need to do it together. We felt called to do something to help our Association find a new way forward.”
While the three were excited to begin the work, they quickly realized the task’s demands. “We knew we needed help,” Jackson said, “so we turned to Acadia Divinity College (ADC). The faculty knows how to conduct interviews and community-based research. We wanted to draw on their expertise to learn how to do this project well.”
They created a plan to study and renew the EVBA, and the faculty arranged for them to do this work for academic credit in partnership with ADC’s newly established Futuring Lab.
Dr. Jodi Porter, who recently joined the Futuring Lab as the Director of Education for Ministry Innovation, is guiding these three students with conducting interviews, exploring existing research on the topic, and synthesizing a final report for the Association. “It’s crucial for the pastors and churches of the Eastern Valley United Baptist Association to participate in this work,” said Dr. Porter. “Their involvement will make this learning experience effective for the student, and it will have a real impact on the future of EVBA.”
Connor highlights the vision they share, “Our hope is that new life can be breathed into individual churches as well as our collective work.” Connor pastors Wolfville Ridge United Baptist Church, where he is seeing God at work in new ways.
“It’s crucial for the pastors and churches of the Eastern Valley Baptist Association to participate in this work,” said Dr. Porter. “Their participation will make this learning experience effective for the student, and it will have a real impact on the future of EVBA.”
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