“If we want to effectively reach and support the coming generations of marriages and families, we need a leader who is committed to the authority of the Scriptures, and is uniquely connected to and understanding of the issues associated with those generations.” – Dennis Rainey
As you may have read last week, a new leader for FamilyLife was announced. Selected by the ministry’s Board of Directors, David Robbins (joined by is wife, Meg) becomes the new President and CEO, effective December 1, 2017.
This is no surprise to Dennis Rainey and the staff at FamilyLife–though many (including me) shed a tear or two when the announcement was made in their staff chapel last Wednesday–as a succession plan has actually been in the works for many years.
Here’s what Dennis shared recently with constituents (highlight is mine). It certainly encouraged me as I trust it will do the same for you …
The FamilyLife Board of Directors, Barbara, and I have been working on this for 10 years. Yes, really ⎯ TEN. We got serious about it two years ago, when we began conducting a thorough search for exactly the right person, and developing a detailed succession plan.
We don’t want FamilyLife to miss a beat when the time comes for Barbara and me to retire. Our work is far too important to be interrupted by anything!
Barbara and I are fully confident that David and Meg are God’s choice to carry on the tremendous legacy that FamilyLife has established over the past four decades. We believe they embody the understanding, experience, passion and vision needed to lead this ministry into the future.
Over the past five years, the Robbins have focused on the Millennial generation ⎯ a group that is increasingly strategic as FamilyLife looks to the future. I’m really excited that we will be able to take advantage of their experience and insights.
But don’t worry ⎯ Barbara and I both feel great and aren’t retiring. I will continue to host the FamilyLife Today® radio program, along with Bob Lepine, in 2018. We’re also committed to doing the best possible job of helping to launch FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ in May of next year. I’ll continue to speak and write, and serve as a global ambassador for FamilyLife and our mission of developing godly marriages and families. I’ll also be around to mentor David and ensure a strong transition. Barbara will, thankfully, remain at the helm of Ever Thine Home® – both the product line and her blog, now with 25,000 subscribers.
Like Moses (“like” as in number of years), I’ve led this ministry for 41 years. I’m certain of God’s hand in finding this new leader of the next generation, who ⎯ like Joshua ⎯ will charge ahead with God’s plan for FamilyLife.
So I hope you will join Barbara and me in welcoming David to the “family.” And I hope you will continue to stand with us as we all set our sights on influencing the next generation for Christ in ways we never dreamed possible even a few short years ago. Pray for the Robbins and us, please!
These are exciting days ahead for the ministry and for the Raineys and Robbins family. We know they’d covet your prayers greatly in these transitional days and that God would be glorified in the process. If you’d like to drop a note to Dennis or David, you can send that to FamilyLife, 5800 Ranch Drive, Little Rock AR 72223. Or, if it’s more convenient, email me and I’ll pass it along.
Thank you for being a part of the journey with FamilyLife as we’ve worked together all these years to effectively develop godly marriages and families who change the world one home at a time.