I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it—Matthew 16:18
If you’re fairly new to Cornerstone, and many of you are, you might not know that on the second Tuesday of every month, the elders and deacons of Cornerstone Presbyterian gather for a joint leadership meeting to renew vision, foster unity, grow in knowledge and wisdom, evaluate present ministry, explore new potential developments for ministry, address shepherding issues within the church, and pray, pray, pray.
The meetings are all the same in one sense, but in another sense, they are all different—sometimes quite different. For instance, we always start with Scripture reading and prayer, followed by review of the previous meetings minutes. After adopting the docket for the evening meeting, we listen to reports from committee chairman concerning various areas of the church ministry—we inform, discuss, suggest, question, clarify, approve, and disapprove various ministry measures as they come to the floor. Sounds pretty ho hum, right? Wrong. You know why? Because underneath every docket item and every chairman’s report, the mission to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth is at stake. The church of Jesus Christ is engaged in a fierce, fight-to-the-death combat with the world, the flesh, and the Devil and every elder and deacon at Cornerstone is on the front lines of that fight (Ephesians 6:12, I John 2:15-17).
Oh yes, the work is often tedious, and, dare I say it, laborious at times. Just ask any elder or deacon: it is very easy to “grow weary in doing good,” especially when the meeting waxes long. In the end, however, the meeting holds forth an immense spiritual reward for me. The reward is not found in the meeting itself per se, but in the brothers I get to meet with, the ministry I get to share in beside them, and the Savior I get to serve with them. Could anything be sweeter? I think not.
Tune in to the midweek video update on my blog (https://nateshurden.wordpress.com) to learn more about the content of this past weeks Leadership Meeting and to get the scoop on what’s happening at General Assembly next week, the once a year national meeting of our denomination.
Before I go, let me say publically how thankful I am for the remarkably gifted and committed leaders God has given us. I wish there was time to tell you all I get to see our officers doing behind the scenes for the spiritual health of our congregation. Suffice it to say, not every church is blessed with the caliber of servant leaders we’ve been blessed with at Cornerstone. I do not say that to boast or as a matter of comparison, but as a sacrifice of praise to God whose kind providence has provided officers that deeply love Jesus Christ and the Church for which He gave His life.