Called to be a Deacon
“Would you pray about being recommended to be a deacon in our church?” I was asked about a year ago after I returned from my pilgrimage across Spain seeking God’s guidance for my life. See, I had just sent my firstborn off to college. (Yes, she’s only 2 miles from my house, but the reality…
We Need You: Thoughts on Service in the Church
Over the next few weeks the Nominating Committee will be approaching some church members with requests to prayerfully consider taking on elected positions within North Shore Community Baptist Church as Elders, Deacons-at-Large, Auditors, and Nominating Committee members. These leadership roles are a great way to serve church members and provide direction to the church. What…
Leadership Retreat Reflection
Here is a conversation starter for an upcoming small group discussion – or – (for the internal processors among us) for a long walk in the woods. Imagine a person who has faced some hefty personal failure and received not judgment but mercy. How does that change a person? Might he or she relate to…
Update from Your Elders: early March 2016
The Elders met this past Monday. It was our pleasure to be joined by Jimmie Massie, a mentored-ministry student and co-leader of our College Ministry, who observed our meeting as part of his degree program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After solving our most pressing problem (where to meet – there were too many of us…
Confessions of a (soon-to-be) Former Deacon
In two weeks I’ll complete my term* as deacon-at-large. In the summer of 2014 as the church recruited its first cohort of deacons, I felt a distinct call to serve in this way. I somewhat like starting new things. I get excited imaging something that doesn’t yet exist and seeing it take shape. The last…