Love Accepts Interuptions

titheHaving Mitch preach today allowed me the freedom to focus primary attention on the congregational meeting this past week.  As I discussed the content of the meeting with the elders we talked about how best to talk about the budget shortfall.

One elder wisely counseled to not talk about money; instead to focus on ministry. That simple statement set me on course to communicate our ministry needs.  Who wants to look at a bunch of numbers?  What everyone at Clear Lake Church of Christ desires is to be involved in significant ministry.  

I have worked as a full time church employee for around 30 years now.  Over that time I have learned the value of having a spiritually-minded, well equipped, hard-working ministry staff.  There are many occasions for volunteers from the church to lead individual ministries.  Some of those volunteers are able to equip and utilize others in the ministry they lead.  But very few of those wonderful servant-leaders can do this for a long period of time without some help from the full time ministry staff.

In fact, it seems that we are most often able to find willing volunteer leaders if we can promise them that we will not overload them with responsibilities, but will assist them in finding, training, and utilizing other volunteers.  Your full time ministers (and the wonderful office assistants that work with them) are committed to providing the necessary supervision and support that enables volunteers to be utilized to their best ability.

As I reported at the congregational meeting this morning, for the first time in several years, we have a complete ministry staff.  We are working together so that we might better coordinate our efforts and lead more like a ministry team instead of in isolation from one another.

Your financial contributions fund the ministry of this church enabling us as a church to better achieve our goals and take advantage of the many opportunities to do good in the name of Jesus.  Every baptism, every child who grows in their understanding of Jesus, every member with significant financial need that is assisted, every marriage that is strengthened, every discouraged member who is encouraged, every person whose faith is growing and maturing is evidence of the good being done by your tithes and offerings.

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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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