The Clouse Family
Dear Church Family,
In his farewell address to the elders of Ephesus, Paul exhorted them to “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). The men who serve as elders and deacons carry with them a great responsibility. Eddie Cloer lists the characteristics of a shepherd, and these characteristics may also be applied to those men who hold church office:
1.) A shepherd puts his flock before himself: He does not live off the sheep; rather, he lives for the sheep.
2.) A shepherd acts with compassion toward those in trouble: When he sees a wounded sheep, he immediately cares for it.
3.) A shepherd sees that the flock is properly fed: He keeps the flock from evil, within and without the flock.
4.) A shepherd goes after those who have strayed: When he discovers that a sheep has wondered from the flock, he searches until it is found.
5.) A shepherd sees himself as doing the work of God: God works through the shepherd.
6.) A shepherd recognizes his accountability to God: His responsibility is God-given, and he will answer to God.
May we as a congregation appreciate the men who serve as shepherds in our church; and may we also pray for those men who are up for nomination as elder and deacon. God bless you!
In Christian love, Brad
Brad - Annaleigh - Julie - Will