A few weeks ago, Tom Allen was ordained as our assistant pastor, and something that was said has challenged me. Pastor Kirk briefly mentioned that the church does not promote someone, or nominate them for a position so that they can do a “work.” They promote or nominate people who are already doing the “work” into the appropriate position.
Basically, they do not ask someone to be a deacon simply because he desires to be one, but because his is already doing the work of a deacon, and so the position is appropriate for him.
Sounds logical enough, right?
So I had to ask myself, “Self, if you were to be nominated for a position in our church (real or not), which would it be?”
Well the cards are in, and it’s a mixed bag.
- I could teach a parenting class as I have five children who I think are turning out well
- I could help with kids ministry for the same reason
- I have some experience with youth ministry, so I could help there
- I could be the church book reviewer, as I love to read and I write reviews for Thomas Nelson, Bethany House, and Tyndale Publishers
Here’s where it gets dicey:
- I could be asked to be the church critic. I have a lot of opinions about what is being done right, and what I think is being done incorrect or needs improvement
- I could be the church mooch as I am quick to take advantage of the various ministries in the church, but rarely give money to the church or volunteer
- I could be the church gossip, as I sometimes share my opinions of others with friends instead of keeping them to myself
We’ve all heard “There’s no such thing as a ‘perfect church,’” often in reference to someone or something we don’t like, but it’s time to see that we’re the reason it’s not. The change has to start with me. Revival starts with me. Raising Godly children is my responsibility, not the churches.
So I encourage you to ask the question as well, “If you were to be nominated for a position in your church (real or not), which would it be?” Then ask God to help make the necessary changes in your own life.