With so much of the world’s business shut down in The Great Quarantine of 2020, Chalcedon board member Ford Schwartz has undertaken a big job—doing his best to make sure Chalcedon’s many supporters are able to connect with the ministry … and with each other.
“These are the most incredible, wonderful, gifted people I’ve ever talked to in my life,” Ford said. “I’ve learned so much from them. To me, this is the magic of Chalcedon.”
He’s phoning them all, one by one: everybody who’s a regular donor to the Chalcedon Foundation. It’s a long list.
Ford has been a Chalcedon board member for twenty years. The supporters, he said, “are a great benefit to the ministry. Because of their donations, we can predict our income and pay bills. But more than that, it’s a way of putting yourself into a ministry you love.”
Much of his inspiration is provided by Chalcedon’s founder, the late R.J. Rushdoony—“who very quickly put at ease this idea that pastors have a calling above and beyond everyone else’s. If you have a calling, it’s your calling. Wherever you are, whatever you do, you have a calling to carry out your business in a righteous way.” We are reminded of St. Paul, who taught that the church has many members, all with different functions but all working together for Christ’s Kingdom (for instance, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 12: “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all … For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body…”).Connecting Christians: The Next Step in Chalcedon’s Mission by Lee Duigon
I really like the idea of linking Christians together. Chacedon is on to something big here.
I am not sure how they can leverage it further. Even if they merely connect, encourage, and hook together their donor base, they are doing quite well, something that I believe is appreciated by God Himself.
There may be a way to do even better, though. I hope they keep their eyes open, seeing what’s about them, weighing the needs of their people, and listening to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.