How Do We Choose?

chooseI’ve already spoken with two men that I believe would make excellent elders.  They are as different as night and day.  Their skill sets are completely different.  They are a part of different age groups.  If you put them side by side you would easily see that they don’t look alike or even wear the same style of clothing.  Their backgrounds are not the same and they have very different personalities.

Why, you may ask, did you talk to them about becoming elders?  Primarily because I see Jesus living in them.  They love the Lord, their families, and God’s people — in that order.  They love to serve others, although their service takes very different forms.  They are respected by all who know them and they are already doing the work of shepherds among us.

I mention these two men because elders come in all shapes and sizes.  They are gifted by the Lord in many different ways. The reason I am going to nominate these two men to become shepherds is not that they are great speakers or singers or overly friendly or successful in their chosen professions (although any of those things could prove to be valuable assets for one’s work as an elder).  The reason I am going to nominate them is because I recognize the work of God’s Spirit in their lives and believe they are each uniquely qualified to be recognized as a Shepherd of the flock.

Over this next two month period my we continually be in prayer, individually and collectively, that the men who will eventually be ordained are gifted by God for the task.  Good shepherds are one of God’s most wonderful gifts to the church.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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