REMEMBERING OUR LEADERS
"Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct," (Heb.13:7 NKJV).
We have just come through a month when many churches recognized their pastors for their faithful ministry of the Word. I hope you did. But, just because we have entered a new month, does not mean that the call to remember your leaders has expired. Notice, the command--and it is a command--has no time frame.
I am grateful for the men who serve our churches. It will not shock you when I admit that they--like me--are not perfect. We do not deserve to be placed on a pedestal. Yet, I know men who love the Lord and His church. They preach the Word, seek the lost, and minister to those who are hurting. They show up in hospital rooms and funeral homes. They invest many hours in prayer.
Some of our men also are leaders in our denomination and I want to recognize them for their service through the NC Baptist State Convention. Jason Miller, Pastor at Dutch Cove was elected by acclamation as the First Vice President. Elected to our Board of Directors were Josh Evans, Pastor of Crabtree, and Jeff Holder, West Canton Pastor. Nick Smith, Pastor of Lake Junaluska First just finished a term as a member of the Historical Committee. Kris Estep, Barberville Pastor, is a member of the Nominating Committee, on which I served as Chairman.
I am grateful for our leaders--these and others--who are making a difference for the Kingdom of God.
Dennis Thurman, AMS