“Whatever we human beings may appear to exercise, it is only for a season and within a limited sphere” (Mike Mason)
Dear friends and family,
Some 15 to 20 years ago a good friend challenged us in a way that has influenced us ever since. That challenge continues to shape us in ways that we could never have anticipated. Our friend’s statement was: “This message you are delivering needs a broader audience.” At the time, we pondered, “What message; what broader audience?” The effect of this comment has been motivation for us to press forward in ministry and writing.
Our friend’s challenge has resonated in us over the years. This led us recently to the conviction that God is calling us to expand further the platform for our life message, which is the importance of the “inside-‐out development” of leaders. Nancy and I have been bringing this message in and through Christian Associates for the last 37 years, and we are so grateful to have seen this worked out in the lives of many of CA’s staff, as well as those they minister to. With gratitude to God for this “legacy”, we have had a growing sense for the past few years that we should expand this ministry beyond CA to others.
Our desire is stronger than ever to steward the abundance of grace that we’ve been given, and to help others “grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”. The ministry verse that we chose many years ago, is Ephesians 4:15, which states, “…but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is head, even in Christ”. The passion to see others “grow up “in the nourishment of their interior worlds, has energized us for over 35 years. Through relationships, we will continue our counseling, assessing, training, consulting, teaching, and extending God’s Kingdom.
In the last few years we have accepted opportunities that have utilized us in surprising ways. There have been enough of these on-‐going opportunities to quicken our view that more, not less, is required of us to finish well. Part of finishing well, means we hope to delay retirement till, Heaven! :o) So, where do we go from here?
What won’t change…
Whenever requested, we plan to continue to resource the people and projects of Christian Associates. We love the CA family, and want to remain involved with the friendships we’ve developed through the years.
What will change…
We will come under the ministry umbrella of Global Training Network (GTN). We have been invited to play a role developmentally with GTN staff, which has worldwide ramifications as they are ministering in some 50 nations. We are excited about the opportunity to expand and thicken our focus through GTN, as well as other ministry platforms.
Here are several more venues ahead:
• We are working with “Quiet Waters”, a counseling retreat for ministers and missionaries, which has the same potential multiplying effect as GTN.
• We have ongoing invitations by several churches in California to minister to their staff and members.
• We have a teaching opportunity at Denver Theological Seminary, creating an environment for impacting young developing church leaders.
• With Hud’s book hopefully coming out this year, other opportunities may arise, as well.
• Another thing ahead is our website (hudmcwilliams.com), where people can access Hud’s podcasts, essays, preaching, teaching seminars, and Nancy’s blog. Nancy will continue to send out ministry updates that will connect you to our website.
We believe that the interior spiritual and character development of a person is crucial and of central significance to our effectiveness in life and ministry. Leaving a life long transformational impact goes beyond any metric.
Many pressing “demands” and “needs”, masque the real interior substance of our lives. It is possible to have great strategy, skill, and expertise, but with a shriveled soul. Without wholeness, the ultimate influence of our lives and ministry will be diminished.
Our cry and message is for people, especially leaders—to “grow up” from the inside out. This is our passion, our life message, and our calling. This is an uncomfortable and unpopular message that we believe God is gracing us to deliver through the end of our race.
By His Grace,
Hud and Nancy
Let us leave you with a verse from Revelation 7:9-12. “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”