Paul’s Letters to Church Leaders
One of the things I enjoyed most as a children’s pastor was receiving notes and cards from the kids in our ministry. It sure made the hard days of ministry a little bit easier. I still cherish those notes/cards and reflect on them from time to time.
This week provides a natural opportunity to lift up your pastor, staff, and other church leaders. I want to encourage you and your volunteers to make a special effort this week to write notes/cards from your classes to your church staff and other leaders. If you are a key ministry leader, you know how much this is needed and valued.
Often when we teach sessions like this one, we limit our application to “paid staff.” I agree that for many churches that is the most direct application as we talk about pastoral leadership from the New Testament (1 Timothy 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Titus 2:11-14), but I encourage you to think beyond your senior pastor and paid staff. If you are a volunteer, you are just as gifted, called, and equipped to lead your ministry. If you are a small group leader, worship leader, or serve any other role under another person, you, too, are just as gifted, called, and equipped to lead your area of ministry. The Holy Spirit is at work in every believer and in every area of church leadership.
As you share with your kids this week, help them see the value in God’s gift of church leaders. Look for ways to support your leaders so that your kids begin to value them, love them, and respect them. At the same time, emphasize that God is at work in them (your kids) and that they too might be leaders in the church one day—perhaps one day soon. Help your kids see that church leaders bear a great privilege and responsibility as they (you) help others point people to the gospel. Finally, be sure that your kids understand that church leaders do not lead on their own. Church leaders give much of themselves to the people they serve and try to follow the leadership of Jesus, who was a servant-leader to us. He gave His life so that we could be forgiven of our sin.
Thank you, church leader, for your tireless effort in planning for, preparing for, and organizing your ministry… for teaching, praying for, and discipling the kids in your community. What you do is important, not only for eternity, but in the here-and-now in the lives of those you serve/lead. May God abundantly bless you in ways far beyond your expectations.
Jeremy Carroll (@jermpc) is the team leaderfor The Gospel Project for Kids. Before coming to LifeWay, he has been active in local church ministry for nearly 20 years in TN, TX, and AL. Jeremy earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A Middle Tennessee native, he and his family live in Murfreesboro, TN.