Alliance News Feed – Celebrating Our Ministry Leaders
This month—and especially Sunday, October 14—we honor our church leaders for their tireless investment.
Ephesians 4:11 reminds us that you are among Christ’s gifts to the Church. We are grateful for the many ways you shepherd the church by leading, caring for, and protecting the flock. We thank God that you teach His Word and enable others to grow in their faith. We appreciate that you help to equip those in your local church to use their gifts and abilities to actively serve in ways that edify others in the Body and expand Christ’s Kingdom.
Vocational ministry has its ups and downs. One week, it can be exhilarating and fulfilling, while the next week it can be exhausting and frustrating. However, you persevere through it all because you are unconditionally committed to following Jesus and answering His call.
For several years in my most difficult pastorate, I had Galatians 6:9 taped to my desk so that I wouldn’t forget it. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. This verse echoes the words of the psalmist: Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying their sheaves with them (Psalm 126:5–6).
My dear ministry colleagues, don’t give up. Be encouraged by the promises of God and the faithfulness of the Lord of the Church. Keep sowing—even if you’re sowing in tears. Rest assured the harvest is coming!
Keep the faith!
Terry D. Smith
Vice President for Church Ministries
Source: Alliance News Feed – Celebrating Our Ministry Leaders