The post Easter sermon series will be devoted to exploring our spiritual gifts and how God is calling us to best use these gifts in service to the kingdom. We have asked various leaders of our churches to share and reflect on their leadership roles and how they have been blessed, challenged, and equipped by God as they stepped out into leadership ministry. We hope their stories will inspire you to explore your own gifts and give you the courage to find the exact place in ministry that God is calling you to serve. If you have your own ministry story or would like to be placed on the prayer email writers list, please contact Pastor Scott.
God bless and have a wonderful day.
Pastor Scott and Pastor Jenny
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2: 9-10
As your pastor’s, it is our desire that everyone be engaged in ministry that matches their spiritual gifts. We do not desire for you to be “toiling away” where you are not gifted. We desire a church where almost no one sits on their hands in the pew passively observing Body Life blossoming around them. Our life together in Christ was meant to be actively engaged in each other’s life and in the life of our community. We desire a church where: Everyone is Known, Everyone is Engaged and Everyone is Cared For.
In the past, I have used the bus analogy to help people understand the role of leadership in organizations. The thesis is that you need to get the right people on the bus and make sure they are in the right seats. Do that and your organization will thrive. The converse for churches is clear. Get the wrong people on the bus, or the right people in the wrong seats, and you will have a very ineffective Body life with much frustration and little progress. Let’s envision our churches as a bus with each seat being a ministry facilitated by particular spiritual gifts. As your pastors, we embrace the role of standing at the door of the bus inviting people in and personally escorting them to the right (spiritual gifted facilitated ministry) seat. I think if we had a choice, most of us would want to be on that kind of church bus.
We encourage you this week to contemplate your role as a minister in the priesthood of believers. Are you on the bus? If not we encourage you to take a spiritual gift inventory, see where your spiritual gifts are the strongest and where your passion for a particular ministry is clearly evident. Your pastors are very open to a sit down discussion about your gifts and passions and will willing lead you to the proper seat on the bus. If you are on the church bus, this week contemplate if you are in the right seat, are you passionate in your current role and does that role fit your spiritual gifts? Do you approach your role with expectation and excitement or with apathy? If you feel you are in the wrong seat it is our desire to move you to a new seat where you are engaged and are fruitful. If within your contemplation you have decided you are in the right seat and on the right bus, praise be to God, and as your pastors we are here to encourage and equip you to be fruitful and to have your ministries multiply. There are many opportunities and options for ministry contained within our three churches, the only option not open to a disciple of Jesus Christ is to get off the bus and take your ball and go home. You can take an on-line spiritual gift inventory or pick up a hard copy at either of our church offices. Two sites that I recommend to take your spiritual gift inventory: www.lifeway,com and www.buildingchurch.net.
We are looking forward to the conversation.
Please pray for:
Peace and wisdom for the Mayor, pastors, police, and people of Baltimore City
Healing, relief, and hope for those affected by the Earthquakes over the weekend and Thanksgiving that our missionary Heather Laser, who is in Nepal, is safe and continues to minister there.
Those suffering from mental health issues
Those who are grieving
For stronger marriages