Prepared to Serve
I was 26 years old and was being asked to serve as an elder! On the surface it certainly did not sound right. How could someone so young be called an elder and be asked to be in that important position. Was I ready at 26 to serve on session? Was I really prepared to answer this call? I trusted that God had a plan and I said yes. Now six years later and only a few weeks away from finishing my second term on session I am so glad I trusted God.
The past six years has been an interesting, challenging and rewarding season in the life of Hope Church. I believe that God has been molding Hope Church into the place our community needs now and in the future. Being an elder, I have been able to have a front row seat as these changes have occurred. As I began my service as an elder we went through a lengthy visioning and discovery process that has been lived out over the last three years. These years of crossing boundaries, learning to be ambassadors, and now seeking Jesus anew have prepared us for this pivotal point in our history. As we transition to ECO God has used these three years to prepare us to serve the needs of the changing world and community that surrounds us.
Serving as an elder has been an honor. It has been an experience that has given me a much deeper appreciation for the staff and pastoral leadership. As a session we have been faced with many hard decisions over the last six years. But through this intense season for Hope’s leadership God has really been the one leading Hope Church we have just been doing our best to follow His path. Serving in a leadership role is important and something that we all should embrace. It is easy to say no…the time isn’t right…maybe in a few years. But, it is far more rewarding to say yes. I know it has been for me.
Ben Hayle, Hope Church Elder