From a submitted article
NORCROSS, Ga. – The Rev. Max Wilkins was installed as the seventh president of The Mission Society ( www.themissionsociety.org) at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 6, at Simpsonwood United Methodist Church.
Wilkins will officially assume his duties June 1. He takes over for the Rev. Dick McClain, who is retiring after nearly three decades of ministry.
During the past 10 years, Wilkins has ministered in nearly 20 countries and been on the board of The Mission Society since 2011. His pastoral appointments include The Family Church in Gainesville, Fla., and New Hope Christian Fellowship in Oahu, Hawaii, where he was teaching pastor of the nation’s fastest growing congregation. Some 12,000 people attended its 17 weekend services.
“There is only one ministry,” said Wilkins, referencing 2 Corinthians 4:1 in his installation speech. “The ministry itself is a gift; it’s grace. The good news is that God has given me and every one of us the gift of this ministry. Dick is leaving big shoes to fill, but I look forward to leading The Mission Society in this next season and trust God for great things.”
For the past 30 years, The Mission Society has recruited, trained and sent missionaries around the world to communicate — through word and deed — the message of the gospel. The missions organization is involved in a diverse set of initiatives, including agricultural training, evangelism, church planting, literacy, medical work, arts ministries and numerous other pursuits. Since 1984, more than 500 men and women have served the organization in dozens of countries around the globe, including more than 225 at present.