I got to sit in during part of a church elder meeting tonight, and I have a new respect for the men serving our church in that role. Their thoroughness of thought is intense–they’re lawyers, engineers, leaders in business, and just plain “leaders of men”–but what I found most profound (and most encouraging) was their Christlike love for one another. Even when flushing out their honest disagreements, the air in the room was full of grace and humility.
A key takeaway from this meeting that I want to encourage you to act on, too: I/we should be praying for the unity of our church leadership. Divisions come easily in a group that constantly deals with the underbelly of a community as uniquely organized (or disorganized) as a church, so make it a habit to lift up your elders and pastors often. There’s little more encouraging than a person from church saying they’re praying for Katie and me.
Stay on the bus, friends.