Every church works just a little bit differently. Whether in ministry or operations, each organisation has its own culture and structure. I'm grateful to be a part of a church that is well-balanced. Notice, I didn't say perfect. For as long as imperfect people fill the pews, there will never be a perfect church.
That said, at our recent business meeting, the term of service for one of our deacon couples has come up... which for our fellowship means taking a term away from the board and allowing others to serve. In addition, it grants for the board member and spouse to step back and serve in other capacities; which they often already do anyway. Furthermore, though it prevents burnout. Most ministries within the church are incredible time commitments and the board is no exception. If anything, dare I say that serving on the board is one of the bigger commitments, short of pastor.
Sure, the congregation laughed when pastor joked about bringing two couples on board to fill the vacancy left by one couple leaving, because that's how big of a hole they are leaving behind; but the joke proves my point.
The other amazing benefit of such a code of operation, is that by having an alternating rotation of when one's term expires is that you get the advantage of bringing fresh minds and perspectives to the table of discussion without losing the experience of those still seated. The whole board is getting replaced all at once.
Just one more incredible piece of the puzzle, that is the ministry of the modern day church. Technology is amazing. The buildings are incredible. The opportunity before us is great. But in the end, this is another humbling truth, that the advancement of the Gospel only happens by the activeness of the people of God.
So, shall we pray this #deaconThursady... pray for those stepping away for a period of time; that God would rejuvenate and strengthen their hearts and minds. May this be a time that God would do a new work in their lives and families. For those that are coming into the rotation, may God might use them for the building up of the church and the supporting of the leadership. May a spirit of unity carry them through every conversation and direction. While there will be disagreements and times of difficulty, may they not reach a level of hindrance or destruction to the mission of the church. Pray God accomplish the miraculous as people continue to humbly take positions of support and investment into he kingdom of God through service to the local church.
Ministry moves forward
As people continue to step up.
May many more stand and say
"Here am I... Use me"
For the glory of God
And the cause of Jesus Christ.
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