Working at church seems like it would be so easy, doesn’t it? I mean, staff members get to hang out together all day, think about Jesus all the time, and work with church members who are precious. It’s like a … Continue reading →
Our church is going through an elder search process. I honestly didn’t think much about it all until a few weeks ago when I decided that I really needed to start thinking about who I would like to see serve as an elder in our church.
But before I could do that, before I could come up with any names, I found that I needed to take a step back and really think about what I thought were the characteristics of an elder for me. What kind of person would I throw my support behind? What kind of person would I trust and feel like I could go to when I needed help? What kind of person would I really trust to shepherd myself and my family?
I am a list-maker, so I decided I would make a list and see what happened. So, on the way to work in my van (where I do all of my great thinking), I started my list. I’d love to hear what you would add to the list.
Interested in the lives of others
Pray for others
Ask others how they are doing
Listen – REALLY listen
Open about their lives
Encouraging – Uplifts others (positive thinker)
This is not an extensive list, and others probably disagree with my list. But for me, these are the things that I looked for in an elder. And after I created my list, choosing names was easy and fun.
The picture above is of the shelf in my office of the books that I want to read about work-related things ASAP! The shelf is always full! And the list of books that I want to read for fun is … Continue reading →
Earlier today, I planned a little trip to Chuck E Cheese with a few of my kids’ friends. I got it all reserved and then went to make an online invitation through their site. Here were my options for what kind … Continue reading →
(This is a free image of the week from istockphoto. Please don’t look at the guy on the left. He kind of creeps me out. But whatever! It’s a picture with a book in it, and it was free so … Continue reading →