Word leaked out of Anderson quickly after the decision was made. And, in case you haven't already heard, Jim Lyon is the chosen one. I was reluctant to pass on this information at the time, insuring that the news was both accurate and properly communicated to those who needed to hear it first. While Church of God Ministries has not yet made an official statement, Jim announced it to his congregation, Madison Park of Church of God in Anderson. News has been spreading since.
I was not completely surprised by the choice of Jim Lyon, as he was on my speculation list. Considering that we are at a critical point in our movement's lifecycle and there are very few that could take on this role at this time, this seems to be reasonable decision.
Certainly Jim (or anyone for that matter) will not satisfy everyone's ideal for the General Director. Nevertheless, he does bring several strengths to this position.
First, Jim is a leader. Second, he is highly creative. Third, Jim is a strong communicator. Fourth, he has close connections with the Church of God around the world.
In addition, I am encouraged by the fact that Jim comes from the geographic fringes. Sure, he's been in the Anderson vortex for a couple of decades, but everyone who knows him is aware that his heart is in Seattle. This is not only significant for me in the Northwest, but is a vital move for the Church of God as we strive to move beyond our Midwest orientation.
I will have the opportunity to see Jim in a few weeks at the Western Area Regional Ministerium (WARM). I definitely have a few key questions that I plan on asking him. I also trust that across North America we will continue to pray, both for Jim and the ratification vote in June.