“I have so enjoyed the walk in the word with you … as a senior senior (smile) it has helped me to examine myself in so many areas and I have shared those experiences to my family and friends.”
Francine, Daily Reflections reader upon hearing that Mark Roberts is taking over the service.
The High Calling officially launched in January 2001. The Daily Reflections came online shortly after that, starting with reprints from Eugene Peterson’s devotional books “Praying With the Psalms,” “Praying with Jesus,” and others in the series.
In 2008, Mark Roberts began writing the Daily Reflections, and subscriptions took off, peaking in 2013 at nearly 30,000 subscribers and 5,200 daily readers. That was 1.9 million emails read in a single year!
Earlier this year, the Theology of Work Project acquired The High Calling. We worked closely with Will Messenger Executive Editor of Theology of Work and his team to migrate the archives to their site, and we still advise them on their weekly newsletter content. You can see the ongoing partnership at https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling.
Will Messenger was less interested in committing to a daily email, but thankfully our good friend Mark Roberts was already talking with them about offering a subscription to Life for Leaders on their site. The more we talked, the more we realized that it would make sense to combine the efforts of all three organizations around one daily newsletter. The H. E. Butt Family Foundation, Max De Pree Center for Faith and Leadership at Fuller Seminary, and the Theology of Work Project are now directing readers to a fresh daily reflection by Mark Roberts in the devotional style he developed on his blog and with us at The High Calling.
It’s been a long good run for The High Calling and the Daily Reflections. In more than a decade we have helped grow the faith and work conversation from a fringe concept to the mainstream. The vision of faith and work integration is in solid hands, and we could not be happier to pass the torch to our good friends Mark Roberts and Will Messenger.
Here are a few pictures of The High Calling through the years, starting with an early live version of the site and a slightly warped conceptual drawing that Keith Mirrer, Dan Roloff, and Howard Butt Jr. developed with nuMedia. At this point Devotionals and Prayers were not yet updated daily.
Below are scans made several years ago from a printout Vicki Berry made several years before that. Without Vicki’s printouts, we wouldn’t have these photos at all.
In 2007, Dan Roloff engaged Silas Partners in the first major redesign of the site. Just before we launched the new site, Silas Partners sold to Trinet.
In 2010, Trinet helped us with another redesign to merge the growing sub brand High Calling Blogs into the main site.
As part of that redesign, we built a special section to highlight the Daily Reflections that were becoming a vital function of the site with Mark Roberts as the author.
Today, The High Calling archives are part of Theology of Work. You can subscribe to Mark’s new devotional, Life for Leaders, here as well.