It is with great joy that I write you as NRB’s new President & CEO. In my first week in office, it has been immediately and resoundingly clear how important our association and our members are in advancing biblical truth, promoting media excellence, and defending free speech – NRB’s three-fold mission.
I see this when I hear about the “My Hope America with Billy Graham” campaign, which has encouraged tens of thousands of believers across the nation, in every state, to help specific people they know encounter the Gospel.
I see this as we prepare to highlight the recipients of the 2014 NRB Media Awards and as we prepare for the upcoming NRB International Christian Media Convention. Through our awards program, we honor and celebrate outstanding facilities, ministries, programs, and producers. By doing this, we inspire others to raise their standards and create more compelling, relevant, and challenging Christian programming.
And if you have ever been to an NRB Convention, you’re aware of the countless opportunities that are available and how Proverbs 27:17 comes to life as Convention participants sharpen one another as iron sharpens iron.
Testimonies from the Convention abound, and I am excited about NRB 2014!
Yet, amid the excitement, I am also well aware of the challenges we face as Christian media professionals and communicators.
On Monday, the Senate voted to move forward with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that creates a significant constitutional problem – namely, ENDA does not uphold the First Amendment freedoms of religious organizations.
As Senate passage appears near, NRB is continuing its outreach to Capitol Hill offices regarding the religious freedom problems with ENDA. I am thankful for the work in which our VP of Government Relations, Aaron Mercer, is engaged from our Capitol Hill office, which I was able to visit on Monday.
While in DC, I was also able to visit a number of NRB members with efforts in DC, including ACLJ and Focus on the Family. I am reminded of how we must all remain vigilant – through our efforts and through our prayers.
In this first week, I also met with our headquarters staff in Manassas, VA, and on Monday prayed with them for 10 NRB members – something we do each week. As we pray, we are reminded of the value of each member and of the work that they do for the Kingdom.
Please join us as we strive to reach every man, woman, and child with the Gospel of Christ through every electronic medium.
Please also pray for me as I serve our association with the guidance and strength of the One through whom we can do all things.
And if I can be of service to you in any way, contact me. I am looking forward to the days, months, and years ahead!
Yours in His Service,
Jerry A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Published: November 7, 2013