Pastor’s Corner

Leadership at Cross

“Every true leader is a true follower. Every true follower is a true leader.” This quote, by Christian author Israelmore Ayivor, encapsulates the work of Christ’s Kingdom on earth. Jesus is the true head of the Church in Heaven and on Earth. The rest of us are organized to work together under that headship. As a pastor, my role is to lead and shepherd, but the authority to do so comes from the people of God. The people of God at Cross Lutheran have called me through prayer and the Holy Spirit to lead in accordance with the Bible.

To help ensure I lead well, by first following Jesus, we have established within our congregation a group of nine individuals who are elected through the same process of prayer and the Holy Spirit to lead me and the congregation. These individuals are asked to exemplify what it means to follow Christ. By following Christ well, we know they will also lead well since, as a family of faith, following Christ well is our top priority.

On Sunday August 14th, as part of our annual congregation meeting/celebration, we will pray and vote to elect three of the nine individuals to a three year term of service. If you click on this link, you will be able to see their pictures and learn more about their walk with Christ and their vision for what God can do through our ministries. Please take the time this week to read and to pray.

The nominating committee has prayed and interviewed all five of these individuals and believe that any of them would serve the Lord and our congregation well for the next three years. At the same time, each of them have different strengths and characteristics. God is working through you, the family of faith, to provide that direction for our congregation and ultimately for God’s Kingdom work through our congregation.

This process of selecting leaders at Cross is also a great exercise for personal decision making. Each day we make hundreds of decisions and each one of them has the possibility to lead us down God’s path as we follow Jesus or lead us astray from Jesus. No bad decision is too great for Jesus’ grace and forgiveness, but when we are walking in God’s path, we are part of a bigger purpose: a purpose to bring salvation to all people through the power of the Holy Spirit at work through us.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration and participation not only in selecting leaders to serve here at Cross, but for being a leader everyday as you follow Jesus and live as His disciple at work in the world.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Scripture Readings for Sunday, August 7
Hebrews 11:1–16
Luke 12:22–34 (35–40)


One thought on “Pastor’s Corner

  1. Thank God that our Church leaders are constantly in God’s Graces, educated by His knowledge, and touched by His Love! I pray for churches in Houston, Tx, like as our own, which is now flowering and developing. May the Good Lord grant them the fortitude to face the problems of the times, and may we help those churches that are rebuilding or upgrading themselves to better serve their people’ needs.

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