EthicsDaily.com’s board of directors met at the First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C., last week to hear about the energetic beginning to R. Mitch Randall’s tenure as executive director of the 27-year-old organization.
This has included more than 25 trips to local churches and Baptist gatherings around the world, nearly 50 video productions, hundreds of columns and news articles (including two new series focused on engaging a younger generation of writers) and a formal partnership with Baptist Women in Ministry to produce short documentaries on female pastors in Baptist congregations.
Add to this, EthicsDaily.com’s collaborative work with a variety of organizations, including Baptist News Global, Baptist World Alliance, Charlottesville Clergy Collective, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, European Baptist Federation, Fellowship Southwest, New Baptist Covenant and Pastors for Children.
Add to that, a completely overhauled website launched in mid-July, along with implementing a new online donor database, email system and e-newsletter platform.
Over the past 10 months, EthicsDaily.com has seen renewed (and new) partnerships and collaboration, heightened energy and excitement within the moderate-to-progressive Baptist movement and increased engagement of contemporary issues and challenges.
This reflects the dynamic opening months under Randall’s leadership, details of which were reported by EthicsDaily.com staff to the 11 board members in attendance.
Hopes and dreams for future endeavors were shared, including new partnership opportunities, an internship program as well as the hope of providing social justice grants to student groups and churches (a longer-term component of the “E3 Initiative” adopted in March).
Amanda Tyler of the Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) for Religious Liberty joined the meeting after lunch on Thursday to share about the BJC’s work and thank EthicsDaily.com for the opportunities the organizations have had to collaborate in 2018.
Following a Thursday afternoon tour of First Baptist’s sanctuary led by Executive Pastor Charlie Fuller, several board members and staff toured the BJC offices.
A focal point of the board meeting was the strategic financial investments made in 2018 that have helped re-energize and build on EthicsDaily.com’s work and support the establishment of the new initiatives and partnerships noted above.
“A significant and positive step forward for EthicsDaily has been taken this year. We have produced an enormous amount of important content, all of which is available for free, while maintaining a high level of quality,” Randall said. “Now, we are seeking to find partners and investors who want to work alongside us and provide financial support as we keep advocating for ethics and social justice.”
Randall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss becoming a partnering church, denomination or organization.
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