Being a leader in a church can be tough. They face expectations from everyone in the congregation—even unrealistic or misguided expectations. They live in glass houses. They face tough issues with the people they serve. They often have late nights. You can’t pay them enough to do what they do; but they do it—often without pay. Why? Because they love the church and its people. Character is important. It is important how our leaders interact with others. In business dealings, honesty and integrity are always present. When dealing with difficult people, they are patient, kind. They pray for those who give them a hard time.
That said, we also expect people to serve in the manner for which they are appointed. Leaders are intended to be servants, equippers, learners, inspirers, and visionaries. In many churches, the Preacher serves the role of the Pastor/Shepherd. Elders do what Deacons should do (like “making decisions”). And, Deacons are not sure what they are doing. The Bible tells us how God wants us to design our church leadership (Ephesians 4:11-12). Apostle means: “One sent”—like a missionary. Prophets: Proclaimers of the church’s interaction with its culture; vision caster. Evangelists: Preacher; soul winner by proclaiming the gospel. Pastors (Shepherds/ Elders/Bishops/Presbyters): Counselors; Caregivers; the church’s guardians. Deacons (Servants/Ministry Leaders): Making sure the “nuts and bolts” of ministry gets done. Teachers: Assisting others to discover and live God’s will.
We must do what it takes to build up the church. So, people should take care of each other. One does not have to have a title to do this. Just be a Christian. However, the main focus for each leader is the ministry in which they are appointed. Preachers/Ministers cast the vision and serve to bring the congregation toward maturity and a common direction. Shepherds provide pastoral care—getting into people’s lives and showing compassion. They also serve as the guardians of our faith community. Deacons are Servants who lead by example, inspiring others on their ministry team to serve.
Gary has been serving as a shepherd for the North Broad family for almost three years. He has valued leadership experience as a church planter and as a chaplain. Gary's wisdom in these areas is immeasurably edifying for our congregation. He also serves as one of our four preaching ministers (we call all of our preaching ministers, "co-ministers").
Marty is a long time member of our family. He has served here as a leader in many capacities in the past. The last three years he has served as one of our three shepherds. Marty also serves as one of our worship leaders. His enthusiasm, "can do" attitude, and spirit is contagious!
Brother Brad Jones has served roughly three years as a shepherd and has been committed to the North Broad Street family for many years. Brad is a hard worker and has one of the most humble hearts there are. Because of this, the congregation here values him and trusts him as one of their leaders.
Thom is truly a blessing to our congregation. He preaches, teaches our "Golden Agers" class, and is our newest Shepherd (11/17/19)! Thom has a tremendous amount of wisdom and experience in the ministry and in management. He adds a tactfulness and class to this family that is desperately needed in the Lord's church today. Thom is originally from this area and moved back here after many years in February 2019. He is one of our "co-ministers."
Jesse is 1 of 3 "co-ministers" here at North Broad. He has been in full-time and part-time ministry for roughly 7 years. He is originally from the Arab, Alabama area and spent over 3 years as the preaching minister for Shoals Church in Tuscumbia before joining our team June 2019. He preaches, teaches (teens and adults), plans activities for young adults and teens, leads singing sometimes, visits members, and helps with the technology. Jesse is 28 years old and works for the church full-time and goes to school full-time.
LeAnne serves in a variety of ways. She has been ministering in this compacity for North Broad several years. She maintains the church calendars and leader calendars, pays the expenses and salaries, monitors the budget, screens phone calls, screens benevolence requests, makes referrals, maintains a continuity book, integrates with the rest of the staff and leaders in our meetings, teaches many of the lady classes, counsels, publishes our bulletin, and plans several activities. We cannot put words to how much she does for our church family in her ministry!
Jason has been serving as a worship minister at North Broad for over 20 years. He doesn't see himself as a "song leader" but as a "worship leader." Song leaders just lead songs, but worship leaders guide the hearts and minds of the family into a dedicated environment of adoration and thankfulness towards God. If you join us, you can easily see the joy and the sincerity Jason brings as he shares his God-given talent with us all. Jason also works with our technology and trains our praise team!
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