The Best of Times
& The Worst of Times
By Nigel Pollock
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.
Humanity’s Theme Song
We Keep On
Scripture’s Theme Song
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.”
The best of times…
- We have held 8 in-person Scripture Camps with more than 300 students, alumni, staff and volunteers across the country from the Atlantic to BC.
- Our camps are over 80% fully booked as of the date of writing. This is the second highest year to date booking figure we have had since 2014.
- We have some encouraging new initiatives underway with the “Catapult” video series preparing to launch episodes one and two aimed at high school and LIT students. “Seriously Dangerous Religion 101” has been a great digital discipleship initiative with Ian Provan from Regent College giving the main input.
- “Growing Faith” our 5-year strategic plan is slowly coming together and we have learned a lot as we have been listening to ideas, sharing thoughts and discerning future direction
- Our year-end financial audit is complete and we have finished 2021 with a small surplus. InterVarsity has now had two consecutive sets of audited accounts that finished in the black after many years of deficits.
The worst of times…
- We are in a re-pioneering situation on almost every campus and high school. We are missing two years of the usual student cohorts.
- Our leadership development pipelines have been seriously disrupted and we are short of summer staff at camp and student leaders on campus.
- Engaging with Gen Z requires a different approach and a new playbook.
- Not everything we have heard as we have listened to staff, alumni and supporters has been easy.
- We are still hampered by significant historical debt and our finances are precarious.
- The economic situation is putting pressure on budgets across all ministries.
We Need Prayer and Discernment
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”