“Brothers, choose some men and women among you who are known to be full of the spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:3-4
In the New Testament, as the church grew, the disciples (and at this point there were many) realized they could not do all the business of the church and still have time for prayer and preaching. SO . . . they appointed others who were filled with the spirit to carry out the other work of the church.
I have always felt that Ordained Elders should be the spiritual leaders of the congregation. They should LEAD the people. To do this, it made sense that we not ask our elders to chair ministry committees. Of course at Palmetto, we have teams because committees meet and talk—teams get things done.
Still, the challenge is having capable, spirit-filled leaders who can chair our ministry teams. In 2020, we have about 10 very active teams that do the work of our church: worship, missions, building and grounds, connections, finance, personnel, nurture, fellowship, Christian education (faith formation), and marketing, as well as the Amazing Grays and Youth.
There is an elder on each ministry team, but our elders for the most part do not chair the teams, freeing them to devote their time to caring for our members’ spiritual needs.
We are working on an updated church brochure that will describe all the aspects of our ministry, but in the meantime, we are in need of several co-chairs for our ministry teams 2020. If you feel you have talents to share and time to be involved, please speak with any of our elders or join us for Team Palmetto—TOMORROW NIGHT, TUESDAY, February 11 at 6:30.
There is an old saying that in most churches 20% of the people do 80% of the work. Thank the Lord that is NOT the case here at Palmetto, which is why we are always inviting folks to find their passion and then serve. If you are new and want to be more engaged, tell me what you are passionate about, and we will find a place in our ministry for you to serve.
In gratitude for your service,