As our Annual Congregational Meeting (ACM) is around the corner, I am thankful that several members from our Moriah congregation have stepped up to serve as elder and deacons. At that ACM, they will be presented for election. I am thankful because this shows that God is working in our three congregations to provide leadership and care for His church. Though our membership is small compared to the mega-churches, yet God is not looking at the quantity but the quality and health of the body of Christ. For our church to be vibrant and dynamic, she must have good people to take the lead.
The importance of leadership succession was underscored to us recently by the way our present government identifies suitable candidates to lead Singapore into the next generation. Likewise our church should not take leadership succession for granted. But what are some basic qualities that we should look for in our leaders?
The Apostle Peter gave us a few to look for in 1Peter 5:1-4:
1. They must be willing to lead - “not under compulsion, but willingly”
2. They must be eager to serve - “not for shameful gain, but eagerly”
3. They must be an example to the church - “not domineering… but being examples”
As an incentive, they will receive their reward if they do well, “And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
Therefore, I would urge all members to come and give your support to those who have willingly stepped forward to serve in their respective capacity as elder or deacon. However, I also urge you to pray earnestly for each one of them.
The author of Hebrews asked the church to pray for him and his team: “Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things” (Heb. 13:18). Sometimes when we are in need, we expect our leaders to come and pray for us immediately. Somehow we think that our leaders are spiritual giants and do not need our prayers. But we are wrong. Leaders need our prayers too. In fact we should pray more earnestly for our leaders so that they will be able to do God’s work with great power and effectiveness to the glory of God.
Rev. Mark Tay