“I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” – Luke 4:43
We have six out of nine Council positions open. One is due to death. One is the result of an early resignation. Four are people who come to the end of their terms.
Our Council members are elected to terms. Where did this idea come from? Was it from Jesus’ three years of ministry? And yet Jesus continues to minister to us through his life, death and resurrection. So it’s not from Jesus or the Bible. Pastors don’t have terms. Perhaps some people wish that was so. No, these terms are simply a human construction – the product of “democracy.”
In the Bible we read of the prophets, Jesus and the apostles, all called with a purpose and no time limit on that. Where would the Church be today if its leaders said, “I’ve done my time.” Kind of sounds like prison rather than the freedom of the Gospel.
Even though we elect pastors and leaders, these are callings. They are an acknowledgement and affirmation from God through the church that these people have the gifts needed to lead our congregation. Yes, some days I would like to quit, but how can I say no to God’s call on my life?
We have also been called as leaders with a purpose. It is the same purpose that Jesus declared: to preach the good news of the kingdom of God. Our lay leaders are not ordained to publicly preach like me, but you have been called with the purpose of ensuring that preaching the pure Gospel continues to happen at Trinity ELC and that people like yourselves and every baptized member of our congregation is equipped to share that Gospel with those whom God has called them to.
God continues to call people to leadership in His church so that the Gospel may be proclaimed and the body of Christ grown. You have a calling and a purpose!
– Pastor Tim