Roles Within the Church

Women, There’s Purpose in Your Roles

“Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you.” Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite childhood mantras. I recall many days on the playground yelling this at boys I chased at recess. Chants like these flooded my head and heart so much that I started… Continue reading Women, There’s Purpose in Your Roles

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Roles Within the Church

Lay Member, Your Church Needs You

Diaper explosions, burnt breakfasts, and flooded bathrooms are the kinds of things that seem to happen on Sunday mornings. It’s often difficult enough to get ourselves to church that we rarely even think about why we are going. We become distracted thinking about where we are going to sit, looking for friends, making small talk,… Continue reading Lay Member, Your Church Needs You

Roles Within the Church

The Role, Requirements, and Reward of a Deacon

At the end of 2017, our church’s deacon body transitioned into a new way of doing diaconal ministry. Instead of all the deacons trying to juggle multiple different responsibilities, each individual deacon assumed a specific ministerial task that he was both eager and able to do. In short, our deacons went from being generalists to… Continue reading The Role, Requirements, and Reward of a Deacon

Roles Within the Church

To Pastor is No Joke

As you might already be aware, the title ‘pastor’ is derived from a Latin word meaning ‘shepherd.’ I always chuckle a bit when I reflect on this fact. Shepherds were not well-liked figures in the Ancient Near East. They were often poor, uneducated, and widely regarded as criminals (sometimes with good reason!). For the New… Continue reading To Pastor is No Joke