"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:8
"But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant."
Every three months at Church@109 there is a CML (Combined Ministry Leaders) meeting. There are eleven volunteer leaders in the church that meet with the two staff members (Pastor Andrew and Margie.) We update each other on fifteen different teams within the church from the finance and teaching teams to the Kids Under Construction program and ministries like Mum's Space and Men's Bible studies. It is a wonderful opportunity to step back and get a bigger perspective of how God is moving in our church community and growing it. We read through highlights and prayer requests that have been previously collected and enjoy hearing how things are moving. We break into small groups and pray specifically together praising God and asking for wisdom and intercession for all aspects of these ministries.
There is also usually a devotion shared by Andrew and then some of sort of equipping or knowledge given. At the meeting on Monday, Phil Edwards who is part of the teaching team at 109 and also a leader on the police force, taught us about how to be effective and thoughtful leaders. We learned it's important to be reflective about how things are going, be mindful to be focused on the mission of our group, and be purposeful to train and equip new leaders. We also enjoy a cuppa together and thoroughly appreciate each others company.
The CML has rapidly expanded within the past two years. For years this group was much smaller and has since doubled. With more leaders comes more ideas, creativity, work, and laughter. Good communication and grace towards each other are also very necessary as this group grows. As we navigate wonderful growth at Church@109, may we be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.
Father, we praise you for raising up these leaders within our church. Please empower them with your ideas and your heart for others. May they feel appreciated and loved and may your Good News continue to spread in Taupo and around the world. Draw your people into these communities, to connect and be known. Thank you for those that serve, may we become servants to your church. Amen
List of the teams represented in the CML:
Pictures from the CML meeting on Monday Aug. 2, 2021
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Our hope with this blog is that we can hear from different voices in our church. May we chose to draw near to God and be inspired by each other.