I’ve been thinking a lot about what the next step is for this website and the ministry it represents. As a freelance webmaster (and pastor), I’ve been working on marketing effort for another ministry of which my wife is a part. She is public on that website at the level of first name and general location. I’ve been considering coming out of incognito in order to promote the Sexual Integrity in Ministry website more effectively. I have access to some of the same marketing and promotional tools as the other ministry. That ministry’s efforts include promotional videos which are kind of hard to do anonymously. I’ve also been looking into ad placement in ministry magazines or other ministry websites. Why? It’s certainly not to get rich. This has been and probably always will be a labor of love. The main reason comes directly from the fifth of the 12 traditions: to carry this message to those in ministry who still suffer (adapted). Of course, should I choose to promote this website and ministry publicly, I would break the 12th tradition about anonymity.
Long before the 12 steps or the 12 traditions, Jesus said, “whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops” (Luke 12:3 ESV). And there’s that little thing we call the Great Commission. The question remains, is helping pastors become accountable and deal with the use of pornography and other sexually addictive behaviors a matter of evangelism and discipleship? I don’t know, but I can easily see how not dealing with these issues can hinder God’s servants from doing the work of the Kingdom.
Pray with me and if you need help in this area, please don’t hesitate to call. If you are struggling alone, it’s definitely time for you to step out. I promise not to shout your name from the housetop.