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Baruch Maoz Retires

After more than thirty years of service with CWI, on 31st December 2005 Baruch Maoz retired as Field Leader of our work in Israel. During his time with CWI Baruch made an outstanding contribution to the cause of the gospel in Israel.
Baruch was converted in 1964 and after studying in the UK he returned to Israel where in the early seventies he founded HaGefen Publishing, which has published over 150 books, tracts, sermons and leaflets. He also founded and is the pastor of the Grace and Truth Christian Congregation, which now consists of some 450 adults and their children.

Baruch founded and has been involved in a number of important organisations and groups in Israel. For ten years he was a leader of the National Intercongregational Fellowship and was a founding member of the National Evangelistic Committee. He shared in the establishment of a Theological Education by Extension programme and was the initiator and one of the founders of the acclaimed theological journal Mishkan.

In the 1990s, when members of the Knesset attempted to introduce legislation that would make Christian evangelism a criminal offence, Baruch set up – and for eighteen months led – the Messianic Action Committee to defend freedom of religion in Israel. He also conceived and now chairs Keren Tkuma, the National Social Aid Fund, which helps to establish Jewish and Arab Christians financially.

A prolific writer, Baruch is the author of a series of Jewish Christian Occasional Papers, which deal with a diverse range of subjects from principles of biblical interpretation to the role of law in the life of the believer to the politics of the state of Israel. He has written a number of books in Hebrew, published through HaGefen, and produced a major work in English Judaism is not Jewish: a Friendly Critique of the Messianic Movement, which was published in 2003. Baruch continues to exercise a regular preaching ministry at the Grace and Truth Congregation and at other congregations in Israel, both Jewish and Arab.

For some time Baruch has wanted to devote his remaining years of service to the Grace and Truth Congregation and he says that he is looking forward to strengthening and broadening the ministry of the Grace and Truth congregation and the wider body of Messiah in Israel, largely through preaching and writing. He hopes to contribute towards the defence of Jewish evangelism while continuing his efforts on behalf of the unity of the body of Christ.

The Grace and Truth Christian Congregation has taken on the responsibility for the completion of the Children’s Illustrated Bible project, the third volume of which will be available later this year.

Although Baruch no longer leads our work in Israel, we remain committed to maintaining and developing our ministry in the land, and are working in consultation with the Amuta (CWI’s Council in Israel) towards the appointment of a successor to Baruch.
This article first appeared in the March 2006 edition of the Herald

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