It was Mike’s first day at the office yesterday and he left for home smiling. He joined us for prayer before the services began, did the pastoral intercession in the afternoon, and attended an elders meeting after the evening service. Although barely a picture of the whole ministerial landscape, I pray that the initial experience would encourage him to face the daunting task of pastoring Christ’s sheep with eagerness.
I’m happy for Mike and for the blessing of having not just one but two yoke-fellows. Although I had for some time believed that more work is done by a committee of one and at times too many cooks spoil the soup, in this case, my co-elder was right when he mentioned in prayer that three heads are better than two.
I couldn’t agree more. Three is not a crowd, especially when dealing with messy issues that come within the purview of our labor. There is safety in a multitude of counsel. The afternoon preacher quoted from Ecclesiastes to apply to marriage, “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” The same could be applied to the eldership, three is stronger than two. Of course, more is better than three.
There was a time when there was only one. After three years, there was two. Then there was a lull of nineteen long years before it became three. But it was back to two when my co-pastor stood down three years ago for a noble reason.
Yet the church had grown and we were struggling under a shorthanded leadership. Thank God He provided a third man. Mike was set apart for the Christian ministry at MCBC last Saturday.
I am both overjoyed and relieved. This is all of God. Now I can look forward to accomplishing what has been one of my frustrations over the years–doing personal oversight meetings and finishing before the year ends. But it’s not just me. Now the church can do more to advance the kingdom of the Lord Jesus.
Please thank God with us for this great blessing and pray that as a plurality we would be a united and effective eldership to the people. The devil is not happy and would seek to divide and conquer. But pray with us that God would so preserve us that no quarter would be given to the enemy.
We will go on a one-day prayer, planning and bonding retreat. We want to be vessels fit for the Master’s use, working harmoniously for the good of God’s people.
Pray that with the newest addition to the eldership, more growth would be realized, and all of the glory would be given to God!