Desiring God ministries and the elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church have recently announced that they are one step closer in the carefully planned and prayed over transition of John Piper from Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church to a new role (not precisely defined at this point) at Bethlehem College and Seminary and a wider ministry nationally and internationally through Desiring God. Piper explains:

There is an ever-increasing pull on my life to be involved in ministry outside Bethlehem. Much of this feels strategic to me for the cause of Christ. While I felt competent and energized to formulate plans for the structures of Bethlehem, this outside pull was secondary. But I sense that this is changing. It seems to me that the Lord is saying: “You have led Bethlehem to this point; it is time to hand off the internal leadership labors to another; I have a few other things yet for you to do.” Writing has always been a calling. But it has been secondary to preaching at Bethlehem and to internal leadership at this church. . . . As my years go by I realize that there are writing projects that I think God wants me to finish. This adds to the pull I feel away from the demands of internal leadership at Bethlehem.

You can check out the full update here.

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