Mordecai meant for Esther to understand that she had been given a great responsibility, as well as, a great joy “for such a time as this.” [Esther 4:14] He was reminding her that she would determine the future of her people.
So, every leader in our district has a great work and a great joy to do for our Lord and for our church. Every congregation faces choices every day that will determine its future and the vitality of its witness. Whether it’s to whom and how you advertise the church supper (which determines who is likely to show up) or how you spend your mission money, lay and pastoral leaders are always offering up to God and to their community the Gospel.
I recently heard some guidelines for how to make church decisions “for such a time as this”. The discussion happened in one of our district churches; it was a talk between people who a couple of years ago did not go to church, would not have identified as Christians, and some of whom did not believe in God. Now they do. And this is what they offered as advice to me:
1. Always ask folks to decide things thinking more about who’s not here. (And that means sometimes ask folks not involved what they think.)
2. Ask yourself if this is what Jesus would do.
3. Do it.
To be fair, I think the church is often trying to do exactly what these new friends of mine are asking. But it was a fascinating discussion. One I wanted you to hear.
It is a wonderful time as the church asks itself these questions.
I’m grateful to be asking them with you.
Grace and peace,
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