We are blessed to work every day to promote gospel-centered ministry for the next generation. We talk about Jesus and how we can spread the good news of his death and resurrection for sinners. We consider how our events, articles, videos, book reviews, blogs, and other resources can bolster the local church, for whom Jesus gave his life. Yet for all this planning, we ultimately depend on the Holy Spirit to guide us in strategic decisions about how The Gospel Coalition can assist local church leaders on the front lines of ministry.
You, our readers, bring great joy to our work. Last year you tallied more than 23 million pageviews on our site. We monitor our statistics if only to understand your interests and learn how we can more effectively serve you. The Gospel Coalition is a community project, and you further our goals of renewing faith in Christ and reforming ministry practices by contributing articles, commenting on posts, and recommending resources to your friends. Your feedback helps us know which issues to cover, conversations to foster, and voices to feature.
Today is particularly exciting in the life of our community. We’ve been preparing many months to take the next step that will position The Gospel Coalition to fulfill our mission: “to renew the contemporary church in the ancient gospel of Christ so that we truly speak and live for him in a way that clearly communicates to our age.” So today we unveil a tweaked homepage design that we hope will more effectively feature the breadth of resources we publish on a daily basis. We’re especially hopeful you’ll enjoy our new You Should Know feature. We’re seeking to build on the success of Right Now, which aims to direct you toward crucial and often encouraging articles around the Web each day. You Should Know will likewise help you browse the blogosphere and breaking news, but our editors will also weigh in with a couple paragraphs of context to help you understand why you should know about these stories.
To spearhead this news feature, we’ve hired Joe Carter as a new editor. You may know Joe from his previous work as web editor of First Things magazine and co-author of How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator (Crossway). He serves as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. Joe will also write and edit longer articles on our site, bringing years of varied experience and keen evangelical insight to our expanding editorial initiatives. If you see a news story our community should know about, please send the link to joe.carter *at* thegospelcoalition.org.
We also know that many of you visit our site several times each day to benefit from the excellent work of our bloggers. They direct us toward inspiring videos, challenge us with insightful commentary, and inform us of upcoming books and events. Today we welcome two new bloggers we believe will become regular stops on your daily reading tour. Trevin Wax has been blogging since the fall of 2006 at Kingdom People. Many of you already know him as the managing editor of The Gospel Project, a gospel-centered small group curriculum for all ages that focuses on the grand narrative of Scripture, and as author of the books Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals and Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope. We’re excited to feature his steady stream of challenging, encouraging, and Christ-exalting writing on missions, ministry, and much more.
Jared C. Wilson has been blogging at The Gospel-Driven Church since the summer of 2007. The pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Middletown Springs, Vermont, Jared brings to our site a passion to spread gospel wakefulness in the evangelical church. His blogging expands on many of the themes featured in his growing library of books and study guides: Gospel Wakefulness, Your Jesus Is Too Safe, Abide, Seven Daily Sins, and Gospel Deeps. He also wrote the soon-to-be published book The Explicit Gospel with Matt Chandler. We’ve linked so often to Jared’s writing that we figured he might as well write for The Gospel Coalition.
The preamble to TGC’s foundation documents says, “We yearn to work with all who, in addition to embracing the confession and vision set out here, seek the lordship of Christ over the whole of life with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals, communities, and cultures.” The new staff and bloggers share these commitments, so together we trust the triune God to revive his church by the power of the gospel. Join us in welcoming these new ministry partners and praying to this end!