“But wait,” you’re thinking, “I’m not a leader. Sure, I go to church from time to time. I think the church has a good message to share, and I might even volunteer for a project every once in a while. But I’m not a leader in the church. Leaders have special training, wear those funny robes, or have somehow been given leadership powers from God, right?”
The truth is, everyone in the church is a leader, whether they think of themselves that way or not. If you care about the mission and message of the church, then you are a leader. If you participate in a small group, help with kids on Sunday mornings, or keep that coffee brewing, then you are a leader. The Lutheran doctrine of “the priesthood of all believers” means that we are all consecrated to act as leaders of the faith. In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (2:10) he reminds us, “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.”
Perhaps you have a friend or neighbor with whom you can have great conversations about life and its meaning, yet they are suspicious of the institution of the church. If you have ever wondered why someone doesn’t go to church and what you might be called to do about it, then please consider attending the Leadership Gathering on October 11. This event will be an opportunity to discuss leadership topics such as local mission strategies, immigration, youth ministry, financial stewardship, and more. In addition, our primary conversations will revolve around ministry as related to those who do not attend church.
We encourage you to use the bulletin insert, which includes more information like how to register. We look forward to seeing you there!