“He Equips the Call!”
Greg Boskers, one of Bethel’s management elders, spoke to us all recently and announced that the time has come again to elect new office-bearers in the church. As a congregation we are looking for Christ-like women and men to step up and take on various leadership capacities in the church. What are the various roles we are electing people to?
First, there are management elders who are the visionary team who prayerfully discern God’s leading, and make key decisions for Bethel. Second, there are shepherding elders who take the mantle of spiritual care in the body. Lastly, there are deacons who seek to help those in need, both in the congregation and the community, and seek to promote justice.
Paul writes to his apprentice Timothy in 1 Timothy 3:1: “Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.” He then lists qualifications for these leaders. Becoming a leader in God’s church is a noble task filled with exciting challenges and profound blessings. Do you know someone who loves God with all their heart, and would make a great leader at Bethel?
I want to ask you to prayerfully consider nominating someone to serve as an office-bearer at Bethel. If you have the honor of being nominated for a position, and are asked to serve, pray to God and ask whether you should say yes.
It is possible that you might feel under-qualified (this is probably a good sign), and you might feel too busy. If you do, I want to encourage you with these words borrowed from my mentor:
“God does not call the equipped; He equips the call!”
The church, which is reflected in all of its diversity of gifts, personalities, and experiences, is a testament to the incredible faithfulness of God. Jesus is in the business of routinely doing amazing things through ordinary people.
To God be the Glory! -Pastor Ryan
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