Gospel-Centered Discipleship: Ministry Update

January 15, 2015

Gospel-Centered Discipleship--Ministry Update

Gospel-Centered Discipleship--Ministry Update

A Message from Your BCC Team: At the Biblical Counseling Coalition, we love using our “megaphone” to fulfill our BCC mission: to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. We also enjoy using our megaphone to advance the ministry of like-minded ministries—like today’s post from Brandon Smith with some important news from the ministry of Gospel-Centered Discipleship. You can also read today’s post, which we are re-posting with permission, at the GCD site here.

Gospel-Centered Discipleship exists to publish resources that help make, mature, and multiply disciples of Jesus. In their own words: “You may have noticed that there are a lot of resources available for theological education, church planting, and missional church, but not for discipleship. We noticed too, so we started GCD to address the need for reliable resources on a whole range of discipleship issues.” To learn more about Gospel-Centered Discipleship, visit their About Us Page.

(Re)Introducing the Gospel-Centered Discipleship’s New Executive Director, Brad Watson

When I (Brandon Smith) took the helm at Gospel-Centered Discipleship in 2013, I saw great potential in the ministry’s ability to continue its already stellar reputation for resourcing churches to make, mature, and multiply disciples. Since then, our site traffic has continued to improve, GCD Books has grown exponentially, and our staff has expanded.

Further, the Director role at GCD expanded to Executive Director, shifting from managing articles and social media to vision-casting, fundraising, and oversight of our incredibly talented staff. We also created a more official Board to advise the Executive Director. Needless to say, we are thankful for all God has done over the past two years.

I took over as Director for Brad Watson in 2013, and he’s been a faithful member of the Board ever since. In Board meetings, he always seems to find a way to offer the most practical, gospel-driven solution to our biggest concerns about the ministry. After extensive prayer and considering several candidates, we believe that God kept Brad around for a reason. When looking at the qualifications for Executive Director, the Board decided that it was clear: Brad needs to retake the helm. He is one of the most God-honoring, visionary leaders that I know, and we are overjoyed to have him back in the day-to-day of GCD!

In case you don’t know him, Brad serves as a pastor of Bread & Wine Communities in Portland, Oregon, and is co-author with Jonathan Dodson of Raised? and Called Together. His greatest passion is to encourage and equip leaders for the mission of making disciples, and this is evident if you spend any time with him. His love for Jesus feeds into his love for the Church, which feeds into his love for making disciples, which feeds into his love for GCD.

Please pray for Brad and for GCD as he begins as Executive Director of GCD this week, and as I (Brandon Smith) step into my new role as a Board member. Thank you for your love and support of GCD.

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