Ruling Elders. HOW DANGEROUS DO YOU WANT TO BE ?. What does God expect of us?. To Change The World. F-1.0202 Christ Calls and Equips the Church .
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DO YOU WANT TO BE ?
The congregation is the basic form of the church, but it is not of itself a sufficient form of the church. Thus congregations are bound together in communion with one another, united in relationships of accountability and responsibility, contributing their strengths to the benefit of the whole, and are called, collectively, the church.
Through the congregation God’s people carry out the ministries of proclamation, sharing the Sacraments, and living in covenant life with God and each other. In the life of the congregation, individual believers are equipped for the ministry of witness to the love and grace of God in and for the world.
The congregation reaches out to people, communities, and the world to share the good news of Jesus Christ, to gather for worship, to offer care and nurture to God’s children, to speak for social justice and righteousness, to bear witness to the truth and to the reign of God that is coming into the world.
As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to:
share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people
“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant."
Max De Pree, "Leadership Is an Art"
“One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
“Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present and keep the promise to posterity."
Harold J. Seymore
“A real leader faces the music, even when he/she doesn't like the tune."
“I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone."
“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem."
“It has been estimated by those who do research and work with congregations that 50 –60 percent of the variables affecting congregations are outside the control of congregational leadership.”
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."