As I write this introduction to our inaugural issue of Ecclesia, there is war in Ukraine; the COVID-19 pandemic persists; questions of gender and sexuality dominate the cultural landscape; mental health issues are on the rise; and not only are we, as Christians, facing pressure from the wider, secular culture, we are also experiencing tension from within. Little wonder that more and more faithful leaders in local churches are exhausted and stepping away from ministry. I wouldn’t blame Christians—particularly in Canada—for feeling discouraged as they survey the world around them. The purpose of my short editorial, however, is to not lament but, instead, to exhort. In other words, this is a call to action.

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