- William Vanderbloemen
At Vanderbloemen Search Group, we have the privilege of working with many church leaders and church staff members who sense that God is moving them on from their current ministry context. That part is clear to them. But what is sometimes unclear is the place God has in mind for their next season of ministry. There are some highly interesting verses in Acts 16 involving the Apostle Paul and his ministry team. They had been traveling and ministering through Asia Minor (modern Turkey), and they decided to travel south, but God stopped them. Then they decided to go north, but God stopped them again! Paul must have been discouraged and disappointed. They had come from the east, so the only direction left to go was west, so they headed that direction until they came to a seaport town called Troas. It was in this town that Paul met a Greek doctor named Luke, who would become Paul’s most faithful partner, and who would also author two of the books of the New Testament. While in Troas Paul had a vision of a man from Macedonia (Greece) inviting him to come over there. The team talked it over (the word “concluded" in Acts 16:10 means “to put it all together”) and decided that was what God wanted for their next ministry move. As one preacher said, “It is better to go to Troas with God, than anywhere else without Him.” What are some takeaways from this section of Scripture that can help guide us in our ministry transitions? Here are a few.