Message from the Elders to the Congregation
We, Ron, Damon and Aaron accept the role of leadership from this congregation of the Lord's people with humble hearts. We don't consider this a matter of status, but simply a position of service. We promise not to violate the confidence you have placed in us and will do our best to follow God's expectation of us as shepherds. We pledge to model our lives after that of the Great Shepherd and hopefully can exhibit proper patience, concern, and empathy for the flock.
We understand that as leaders we must give an account of our stewardship to God for the souls entrusted to our care. Therefore, we seek your co-operation in this task which will make it easier for us to perform our shepherding responsibilities. We encourage you to share your ideas for improvement, your concerns, what you perceive needs to be done, how to accomplish that, and how you expect to become involved.
Our role as elders does not release any of you from your individual responsibilities. Each of you need to demonstrate your faith and zeal by re-dedicating your lives to serving the Lord and find ways to become more involved in our congregation and spreading God's word. Paul says in Galatians 5:22-23, "Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law." The Bible tells us that while on earth Jesus went about doing good. That should be our aim also.
If you feel we are not meeting your needs or expectations, please let us know. We experience the same temptations and problems as many of you and don't claim to have all the answers; therefore, we seek your assistance, your understanding, and your prayers on our behalf. We also ask that you extend that same courtesy toward our wives because of the unique roles they assume. We thank our wives for their willingness to stand by us in our decision to serve you as Overseers.
Again, thank you for honoring us with your confidence.
May God bless us all as we strive to serve him.