“There are no passengers on this ship—only crew members.” You’ve heard me say this before. Every church depends on its membership to step up and give leadership in various ways. As the Apostle Paul told us, some are teachers, some are evangelists, some are prophets.
The Lay Leadership Committee is responsible for identifying and recruiting leaders for the various committees and councils of our church. They are beginning their work now and I wanted to alert you for two reasons. First, there may be areas of the church in which you feel you have gifts or a desire to serve. Please be in touch with me and let me know. We can’t guarantee anything, but it is certainly our goal to place persons in specific areas to which they feel called to serve. Second, you may get a call from one of our committee members asking you to serve in a particular capacity. If so this means the committee sees leadership gifts in you. It is our sincere hope that you will say “yes” if asked to serve.
Over the course of the last three years we have had very few persons ask not to be considered for a post. We believe this is a very positive sign that you feel good about your church and the direction we are headed and that you want to be a part of that.
I was once asked to serve on a fairly obscure conference committee called, “Planning and Research.” I didn’t really want to do it. It sounded like a dull assignment. But I agreed to serve. I attended the first meeting and sat next to a man I didn’t know. We listened as one of the conference leaders explained our task.
The man sitting next to me wrote something on a slip of paper, folded it, and slid it over to me. I opened it and it read, “If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.” That was Lem Tanksley. We became fast friends serving on that committee and it turns out we did some very interesting and far-reaching things on that committee.
If your phone rings and it is one of the members of our committee asking you to serve, please say “yes”. Your church needs you.