|On November 13, 2013, the Council and Call Committee of Christ the Servant church met with Pastors Warren Baker and Michael Bonham of SHALOM ministry team
Council Present: Leroy Alford, Bob Greaker, Dianne Siee, Regina Vaughan, Ken Ballington, Menassie Ephrem, Jeff Dresch, Theo Johnson, George Lotterer, Tom Wilson
Call committee Present: Carolyn Ballington, Wayne Chandler, George Lotterer, Jerilyne Santors, Mary Jane Sarvis, Kaleigh Tarabek, Tom Wilson, Menassie Ephrem
Guests: Pastor Warren Baker, Pastor Michael Bonham, Anne Starrs, Skip Tarabek
Some comments made by our membership present at the meeting:
Our church needs to wipe clean and become a family. People don’t give because there isn’t a pastor. Members have seen growth and the potential to grow still exists. People who are leaving have no commitment to our church.
The pastors termination should have involved the congregation. The news of the pastor’s contract end on Sunday (September 15) reached the congregation on Wednesday. The congregation did not plan how to move forward. Communication with the office secretary is still lacking. A major problem with our church is rumors and communication.
We have lost the message. We’re missing the point. We need a vision of the holy spirit.
Our church is not really involved in our community. We spend outreach dollars but miss getting out into the community like some churches who raise vegetables for the needy or have a coat drive for the homeless.
Some observations made and Bible verses quoted by Pastors Baker and Bonham:
We have to stop false education. Give education for communion by members. You don’t need a pastor for communion or baptism. Find information at LCMC.
There is potential to double the size of this church. When was the last time you as someone to church or spread the gospel? There are ministry opportunities everywhere; show people what you are about.
Set an example for outreach. Ask the question, Lord what is it you want us to do?
1 Peter 2:9 says “9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Don’t be afraid to speak out.
Jeremiah didn’t want to speak out as a prophet. (Chapter 1) 7But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.”
9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, 10 “Now I have put my words in your mouth.”
We are showing immature spirituality. What God wants from us is a contrite heart. Start with spirituality and loving each other with Jesus Christ. The spirituality starts with the Holy Spirit. It starts with humbling ourselves and asking God to forgive us for our anger.
We must forgive those who have hurt us to start the healing process. When we call a shepherd we must promise to be open with him/her.
Matthew 18:15-35 gives instructions for handling anger with church members:
15 “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.”
21Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.”.
1 Corinthians 13
4Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never ends.
Seek out the joy of others. Jesus loves the world.
The short version of Revelations says: God has a plan, God wins, and you were going to be OK.
See Change Happens for guidance.
The pastors suggested we put our Treasurer’s report at the end of our council agenda after you discuss what God calls you to do.
The Alabama church led by pastor Michael Bonham gave bridge funds to people in the community after Hurricane Katrina from its $20,000 in the bank. The governor heard about it and donated $200,000 to their cause.
Seek out the congregation’s identity. You can’t be all things to all people.