1 Peter 5 gives guidance for church leaders:
5 Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you 2 to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly. 3 Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away. 5 In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for:
“God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5:1-5
From this passage, we glean 5 Attributes of Grace. These attributes of Grace are not just the responsibility of the leadership, they are the responsibility of all of us.
- Tend the Flock – Care for the needs of one another.
- Care for our Spiritual Lives
- Regular attendance in Worship (at least twice a month).
- Regular participation in a group Bible Study: it is important we all engage in a regular group Bible study to further our understanding of scripture. I attend a group Bible Study at Beulah Beach twice a month.
- Care for our families and ourselves
- Give attention to our personal relationships especially our marriages and children.
- Give attention to your health: Physical, Mental, Financial, Emotional and Spiritual.
- Care for the congregation
- Listen, Listen, Listen – Listen to the concerns and needs of one another and respond.
- Exercise Oversight –
- Policy and Direction – This is set by the leaders of the church with consideration and input from the congregation.
- Willingly Serve –
- Serve the Lord with Joy. There are many opportunities to serve.
- Set the example –
- Model grace with another. We all make mistakes.
- Clothe ourselves with humility –
- We cannot do it all ourselves.
- Care for our Spiritual Lives
Worship is a part of all we do and is displayed in our meetings. Below is a worship format to use in Committee and Team meetings.
A Moment of Worship for Church meetings:
–Light a Christ Candle – as reminder of the light of God among us.
–Acknowledge the Jesus chair – will have a banner of the church season. This symbolizes Christ’s presence. In addition, all decisions and discussion should bring honor to Christ.
–Devotion/Scripture Reading – Led by Chair or designee. Daily readings can be found in the bulletin. Use another meaningful scripture or ask Pastor David for suggestions.
–Prayer: Prayer for members of our congregation, our community and the current meeting.
-Continue with meeting agenda
Committee chairs are responsible for making sure worship takes place in committee meetings. Anyone can lead worship. If you would like Pastor David to lead, please contact him prior to the meeting.
-Committee meetings should be scheduled through the church office. This makes sure the meetings are on the church calendar.