By God’s grace, we are presenting our first team of Elders-In-Training today to potentially form the Elder team of Anthem Ventura. - We say potentially on purpose. Even though Anthem Ventura is not a “voting” church, we believe input and voice from the church body are crucial in moments like these. So rather than voting, we want the body to affirm. These Elders-In-Training have been going through a development process for the 10 months, where we have explored the biblical requirements for elders primarily found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 5:1-4; we’ve delved into one another's character, home life, work-life, etc.; we’ve talked about what it looks like to be a shepherd and to sacrificially love the church the Lord has called them to; we’ve looked at the weightiness and high calling of this role. Each Elder-In-Training feels a call to be an Elder at Anthem Ventura, have been affirmed by Bert and Sherry and our development team, and are now being brought to the family for one the final pieces in our development process. Since we are not a “voting church”, you may be asking why bother presenting them? We are presenting them for three primary reasons: #1 To honor and celebrate these families who are saying YES to this call and burden. Those who are being presented are committing to serving, loving, shepherding, counseling, defending, and helping lead Anthem as a team of elders. #2 To allow the body to examine these families. After the presentation, there will be approx. 2 months for the body to “examine” these families. This is not the moment for nitpicking. This is the moment to get to know those you don’t know as well, to ask thoughtful questions, to hear their story and let them hear yours. #3 To allow the body to bring any questions, comments, or concerns to Bert & Sherry about these families. While we would not be presenting these families without a great deal of conference in their character, calling, competency, and chemistry, we do want to create space for anyone in the body to bring questions, comments, and concerns to us to consider before we install these Elders-In-Training. During this time if you believe that one of the potential elders presented is biblically unqualified to be an elder, it is your responsibility to bring it to their and our attention. This is the time for you to say something! Once we install them in Jan, it’s a totally different conversation if you have thoughts/reservations/etc. (with a totally different set of biblical processes). You play an important role in this process. As you are affirming these families, you are committing to submitting to the elder team which they will now be a part of (Hebrews 13:17), and they are committing to serving and leading you, so your voice matters! So you’re next step, is to take these people out to coffee, lunch, beer, dinner… buy them a good meal and ask them about their lives, their stories, how they are walking with Jesus, etc.
October 27, 2019
The Blessings of Wisdom
Part 3 • July 5, 2020 • Steve Ross
Steve Ross, Lead Pastor of Arise Ventura share with us that ultimately wisdom is priceless, not just because of its profit, it’s preciousness or prosperity. Not even because it’s pleasant, peaceful, and powerful in and of itself. Wisdom is priceless because of the Person it represents. Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God.
June 29, 2020
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