A recent ELCA study showed that communities growing in mission and ministry share four characteristics. We’ve explore three of these – a purpose, a willingness to change, and a depth of relationship – over the past few weeks. The fourth aspect is shared leadership amongst pastors and the congregation.
No one should lead alone. After Jesus’ ascension into heaven, Paul, Peter, and the rest of the Apostles’ shared leadership as they began to evangelize the known world. At various times, Paul shared ministry with Barnabas and Timothy. Jesus shared authority with his disciples not only to proclaim the good news but to heal in his name. Effective leadership comes from the common effort of a committed, faithful group.
For us a church, this means that we must rely on one another for the development and growth of our church’s mission and vision. None of us can do it alone. I surely can’t, not by myself. But together? As we gather in the name of Jesus, we know that the Holy Spirit joins us as well. We know that, in our joint prayer and discernment, God speaks to us through scripture, through our community’s needs, and through one another as we share our passions and desires.
Do you have a passion? Something you’d like to see happen? Perhaps God is calling you to lead alongside your sisters and brothers, whether as a ministry coordinator or a council representative. Let’s start those conversations with one another and explore the good future God’s got in store for us.
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