From The Pastor’s Heart – April 5, 2017
Churches typically rise and fall on leadership. At Cornerstone we strive to have a Biblical model of leadership according to what we see in the New Testament. The focus of Biblical church leadership tends to focus on the entire body becoming equipped to minister in order to avoid spectator Christianity. Jesus gave leaders to the church “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12). The role of a Biblical elder is to provide direction, protection and correction to the local church. They are to give oversight to the affairs of the church as they empower believers for ministry and direct them to areas of service. As equipped believers grow, the church will grow.
When Paul addresses the elders of the church in Ephesus, he refers to them as overseers and shepherds. “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God” (Acts 20:28). As overseers of the church elders are like the watchmen of Israel who stood in a tower above the flocks to the sheep. Elders are to give oversight with the love of a shepherd caring for his sheep. He is to be patient, attentive, and lead the church with a gentle hand.
The Bible also gives clear qualifications for an elder, making it clear that an elder is to be a mature leader who cares for, protects, guides and leads his sheep to good nourishment. The role of Elder is important and one we take seriously at CCH. When Pastor Gerald retired we went from five to four elders on our team. As a team we feel like it is important to add one more elder to our team. As we considered that, Mark Stevanus’ name came up over and over. Mark has been through the elder training previously and is well qualified for the job. In speaking with Mark and Sondra they are sensing that now may be the time. We have begun the process testing this. Mark and Sondra have met with the Apostolic Council and with our church ministry leaders. Both groups have been favorable toward moving forward so the next step is to hear from you as a congregation.
Please plan to attend our congregational meeting on April 17th at 7:00 pm. Pastor Greg will be leading us in a time of hearing the hearts of Mark and Sondra and then hearing from you as well. I hope to see you all there.