I shared yesterday some thoughts on why I am growing to love our church. One of the things I didn't mention in those things was the leadership that I get to serve with at CBC. Godly leadership is one of the most important things for a church. Under the authority of Jesus Christ as the Chief Shepherd, our church rises or falls based upon the leadership of our church. Our Elders are men who love the Lord and are concerned for His truth. There are several reasons why I love them.
We Can Laugh With Each Other
This may not seem like a big deal, but when tensions run high and things get stressed, it is great knowing that guys feel comfortable enough to laugh with each other. We can joke around. I means that we care enough about each other to not take ourselves too seriously.
We Don't Always Agree, But We Respect Each Other
There are times in our meetings where we do not always see eye to eye on things. There are even times when things could get heated. I have never been in a meeting with any of them where it resorted to anger (at least externally). But I don't think there has been a time when we didn't respect each other. It is often really healthy to have a push back on ideas and thoughts as long as it is done in a spirit of respect. I love that about these men.
A Desire To Pursue Relationships With Each Other
I have a growing sense the past several years of a deeper desire for these men to be involved in each other's life. Friendships are growing. We have had more social gatherings, gone to conferences together, and I believe the guys long for more of that.
We Pray And Study With Each Other
None of us have arrived, and so we study the Word of God with each other. We just finished going through Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology together. We begin every elder meeting reading through and talking about the sermon for the coming Sunday. And we pray with and for each other. I know that if there was something in my life that I was going through, these men would be there to shepherd me. That is important for a pastor.
I love these men. I love serving with them. I look forward to our Elder meeting tonight. And I hope those at CBC appreciate them as well.