A Prayerful Look Forward

BY SUZANNE SLOAN, BSF BOARD MEMBER

As a long-time BSFer, I’m deeply passionate about God’s work in and through Bible Study Fellowship.   

My involvement began in the 1970’s, when Anne Graham Lotz and I invited women in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area to hear Christian author and speaker Jill Briscoe. The women responded with great enthusiasm, and it was evident that a follow-up Bible study would be welcomed.  

Anne’s mother, Ruth, the wife of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, recommended BSF as the best Bible study around. We contacted BSF Founder Audrey Wetherall Johnson, Anne trained to become a teaching leader, and we began. This was all the result of much prayer and seeking the Lord.  

Many men’s and women’s classes were soon born out of this beginning in Raleigh. Over these many years, we have seen classes grow as men and women, loving God’s Word, have reached out to family, friends and co-workers to join them, as the ministry has spanned the world. 

I had the privilege of seeing great growth, both spiritually and in numbers, as the Word changed lives. By God’s grace, I became a teaching leader and an area advisor. At every juncture, prayer has been foundational, as it continues to be.  

As a member of BSF’s Board of Directors since the 1990’s, working with three executive directors, I have seen God raise up distinct personalities – Rosemary Jensen, Jean Nystrand and Susie Rowan – to answer this call. He equipped each for the job. In 2008, I had the privilege of being on the succession committee that recommended Susie to the board. Then, as now, the committee sought the Lord for the qualifications needed in the director for the coming years.  

Working through the search process this year, the board has compiled a list of qualifications relevant to BSF’s future. At this stage, the board, Headquarters staff and area personnel have been asked for their input and recommendations. Extensive interviews will be conducted with prospects. I am asking every BSFer to join us in praying for God’s guidance and for His choice in the one He has prepared to be our new executive director. 

I am asking every BSFer to join us in praying for God’s guidance and His choice …

We ask that God will raise up someone who loves God and His Word and is a gifted teacher. This person must be a spiritual and prayerful leader with a global vision and knowledge of new technology. This insight will support our beloved traditional classes and enable growth in new ways and methods, such as BSF Online and WordGo. We also ask that God’s Spirit will prepare the new director to face challenges and post-COVID changes, while encouraging and equipping their staff with God’s help. Finally, we ask for His wisdom in facing the exciting opportunities ahead and being a faithful steward of BSF’s tremendous growth in the past decade as we have embraced new methods.

God is faithful, and we as a committee and board will continue to work prayerfully and faithfully to present a director who, first and foremost, is prayerful, loves God and His Word and loves to teach His Word. 

Thank you for joining us in thanksgiving for Susie and His provision for the future. Please join us in praying that God will present His choice through this process.  

Suzanne Sloan has been active on several boards including Bible Study Fellowship, Montreat College and the advisory board of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is active in her church in Montreat, North Carolina. She and her late husband, Sam, were married for 59 years and have two children and four grandchildren. 

514 Comments

  1. Humbly praying for God’s Wisdom. May He continue to pour out His grace upon BSF’s past and future leaders. May He keep us under His Wings. In the mighty name of Jesus!

  2. Remember Suzanne from Raleigh, NC classes. Thank you for your faithfulness to our faithful God in His ministry of BSF. It has, and still does, bring so many people to Him. Thank you to all of the Executive Directors and their commitments to serve our living, active, forgiving God. Pray that the person of God’s choice be the next Executive Director. Looking expectantly.

  3. Sorry it took a minute to reply,but I wish you God’s blessing. May God continue to shower his blessing upon you and your family. Much ?.

  4. Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
    https://bibliajfa.com.br/app/kjv_apocrypha/58N/6/1
    Thank you very much for your love for Bsf.
    Praying for wisdom Bsf board to elect a new Leader.

  5. Our God who loves us so and desires that we study His Word and live it out, will raise someone who will take the baton from Susie and run with. I pray for wisdom for all board members and a clear direction for the person God has chosen.

  6. I pray that God will choose for us the right person to lead IJN. Thanks Susie. Yenmikat,Jos.Nigeria.

  7. Thank you Susie for your leadership. Prayers for God to provide wisdom and discernment to the Board and for God to make the next steps abundantly clear.

  8. May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lead and give the BSF board and committee every insight, foresight and discernment as they seek Him in prayer in this matter. The words of a recent song ring in my heart…”God of our present, God of our future, You write our story, You HOLD IT ALL TOGETHER”. He is our Faithful God, and will provide, as He always has. BSFers will keep on praying alongside the board and committee.
    Also want to add a big “Thank You” to Susie Rowan for her dedicated service, and all the best for her future. He has it all together.”

  9. Thanks for this inspirational reading on how to select a BSF 2021 Director.

  10. Thank you Susie for your service. May God provide and equip the next director.

  11. I thank God in advance for his choice of the new BSF Director. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you; says the Lord, plans for well being.

  12. Psalm 99:6
    Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel also called his name. They cried to the Lord for help, and he answered them. My prayer is that God will send a loving person to guide BSF

    • BSF has been a great blessing to me in the last five years that I have been part of the fellowship. I am definitely in love with God’s word in a greater way since I joined the fellowship. This fellowship cannot be happening unless it is led by the spirit and it is clearly evident that this is led by the spirit because there are God fearing men and women who have been seeking His face and guidance. Praying that God will continue to lead as he has done on the past.

  13. Praying for BSF and for all who will be doing the work of finding a new general director. And praying for Susie as she transitions to her new calling from God. Also praying for the one that the Lord will raise up to be his new instrument in this and challenging position. All glory to God!

  14. God’s love is spread through BSF.
    I keep you all in my prayers..
    All provision, all leaders, all members,
    let’s go together in faith, Jesus our Lord is ahead of us.
    Thank Susie for your legacy,
    God bless the next with wisdom and growth.
    Thank you for helping me become a better Christian after each study, blessed study of the Bible.

  15. Praise the Lord for such wonderful work !

  16. Whenever I consider how BSF has helped me to mature and grow in my Christian faith I give thanks to the Father for leading me to be a part of this study. Praying for Gods protection over BSF and it’s leaders as they continue to teach the word faithfully in these upcoming challenging times on the earth. Trusting Gods guidance for
    His replacement excective director. He never fails ! Thank you to all our dedicated leaders who faithfully serve Him?

  17. This has been true servant leadership from this great team that have seen many people across the globe read the word and pray together.
    What a success from very humble start! May the almighty God guide and equip the next leader. God bless you Susie Rowan for many sacrificial years of service and may your future steps be led of God.

  18. Praying for the new Leader

  19. i will pray that a woman of prayer & love of the Lord is given this important ministry.

  20. May the Lord bless her servant. For all her commitment, and give us another committed leader in Jesus name amen

  21. Since Susie Rowan’s announcement I have been praying for the next distinctive executor director and will continue to do so. God is faithful. I thank God for Susie’s leadership, and look forward to the next chosen director to continue this amazing BSF Bible study program. .

  22. Prayer is such a intimate and profound part of our friendship with a loving and sovereign God. I am thankful for this ministry platform and know that as we have been sharing in our studies, that God’s promises are true and never fail! He will so lovingly raise up a leader to carry on!

  23. I am so grateful for BSF and your work , Susie, in keeping true to the Word. My prayers are with you and the team in finding just the right person with a calling from God to serve this vital role. Someone who believes in the inherent Word of God is so very important. Blessings, Ruth

    • May the blessings be upon his servant Suzanne Sloan in Jesus name.ill join in prayers for another God’s chosen one in Jesus mighty name Amen

  24. Praying for God’s guidance and His choice,He will not fail

  25. I will pray for God’s leader for BSF.
    “What A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE”

  26. Thanks for your dedication and for allowing us to cover your journey in prayers. I LOVE B.S.F. since I got saved through it. I am humbled to serve in it too. Count on my prayer. This could be a challenging time for us. We’re a force to reckon with and in transition; and the enemy is waiting to attack. In that spirit of Ephesians I hope you all devote prayers for spiritual warfare. I will continue to stand in the gap for B.S.F. God bless you

  27. May God bless and lead you in finding His choice.
    “As for God His way is perfect…it is God that girls me with strength and makes my way perfect.” Ps. 30:18a, 32.

  28. Oke i will joint to pray for bsf

  29. Thank you so much Susie for the noble work you did wholeheartedly! May God bless you in your future endeavors.
    It is our humble prayer that God Almighty will guide us to elect the one He has chosen for BSFers. Amen

  30. thank you Lord for the meaningful and fruitful ministry that Susie had in BSF. I pray that the leaders would be able to discern who the next leader would be . One that loves the Lord, loves the word and a dynamic teacher.

  31. It is a great thing to serve the Lord.I thank God for your services and for the opportunity of been chosen. I am convinced in my heart that the Lord who chose you will surely give us a new director. A child of God never rest so He will supply you will strength to move on. Weldon and thanks

  32. I look forward to the determination of a new director for BSF and wish all involved to be provided divine guidance and inspiration.

    • Thank you Madam Susie for the commendable and selfless job you have done while at the helm.
      May God continue to greatly bless you in all your future endeavours.
      Truly you have been impactful and a blessing in my spiritual walk through the many blogs and encouraging messages that you used to send.
      I will surely miss you.
      My prayer is that the Lord gives us another passionate and dedicated executive director like you or even much more, for the glory of His Kingdom.
      I pray this in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy spirit.
      Amen!

  33. Thank you, Susie, for your faithful labors and service. It is always such a pleasure to read your letters to us and to hear you speak. Our summits have been the highlight for me in hearing your words of wisdom. May God richly bless you in whatever capacity He takes you; I know He will be using you for His glory wherever He plants you!

  34. thanks be to God who loves us and will lead those who are planning for the next director. Many thanks to Jean for her work and work for BSF and for the Lord!

  35. Praying for God to lead us according to His plan for BSF and it’s members. We can trust in Him.

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