Here’s another statement you may trust: if anyone is seeking a position as elder in the church, he or she desires honorable and important work.
The Voice, 1 Timothy 3
In this season of “last things” I attended my last session meeting on Tuesday night. By my rough estimate, I have moderated somewhere around 300 session meetings in my twenty-two years of ministry here. More than one person has told me that they would never serve on session. It sounds too much like sausage-making—you don’t want to see what happens behind closed doors.
A few evenings when I was making that drive to church for a session meeting, I wanted to stay home, but I only felt that way less than a handful of times. Most session meetings, numbering in the high two hundreds, session members did what they needed to and they did so with grace and a wish to serve our congregation. I am always aware that session members are volunteers; and most work long hours before they arrive at church for the meeting.
When I complete my work in little more than a week, I can walk away from Thompson Church with a deep confidence that things are in good hands with our session.
In the Voice, a contemporary Bible translation, the editors make this important point about the value of good church leaders, like our Deacons and Elders:
If the church lacks qualified, positive leaders, then it will not succeed in its mission. Paul never provides a job description for “overseers” and “deacons.” What he does offer is a list of character traits or qualifications that challenge even the most outstanding disciple. Essentially they are servant-leaders of the church. They give themselves to the church’s well-being by teaching the truth, living a life in imitation of Jesus, and defending the church from false teaching. Paul knows firsthand how important it is to discover, train, and empower capable leaders.
Thompson Church: You've got 'em, great leaders.