Elder Updates (August 2018)

by  Abraham Cremeens

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, ESV)

This passage is an anchor for what want to be about at Kossuth. During Family Gathering last Sunday, we as an elder team had the privilege of unpacking some specific pursuits in our aim to be a disciplemaking church. I would like to share those details again in this blog post. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.   

As a church, our aim is to help fulfill the Great Commission. It is our privilege and responsibility. It is why we exist. Our mission statement says:

We exist to glorify God as a family of believers by leading people in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our ministry model (Gather → Grow → Scatter) helps us in this effort. Further, in this next season of our church, we are aiming to grow as “a community of disciplemakers toward the Great Commission.” We believe that how we work together as a church, as elders, as ministry leaders, and as a staff team—and how we hire into that staff team—has great potential to help us move further down the field in this effort to accomplish what God has put in front of us.

To that end, we are excited to (Lord willing) hire into a role we are calling “Pastor of Worship and Connections.” This man will shape our worship ministry, an essential ministry of our church. He will continue to lead us in our high value of Gospel-driven, Scripture-saturated worship each Sunday. He will also serve in a role we are calling Connections. We want to grow in connecting people to our ministry model and the ministry efforts therein. As disciplemakers, we have the privilege and opportunity to help one another grow in maturity in Christ, to become more like Jesus, one step at a time. We are all in the process of becoming mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28), and we help one another in that effort (Ephesians 4:11-16). We offer a lot of great ministries to that end, but a next step for us is to be more intentional about connecting people to those opportunities.  

Allow me to illustrate this. Recently I drove on a country road (900) to get on 25N for Logansport. I didn’t realize they closed the road that would connect me to the 25N onramp. I could see it but not access it. I had to turn away from it and take a different road further north until I found access. Some people see our ministry opportunities and are interested in accessing them but don’t know how. Others don’t recognize their need to engage deeper and require some encouragement. Some enter but exit for whatever reason and need help getting back on. Some simply need help with next steps. We desire this new role to take ownership of those onramps, to be a gatherer, and then to help individuals “stay on the highway,” that every member of our church family would function and contribute in our equipping and discipleship efforts.

In short, we want to grow further in our ministry model and discipleship pathway. We would like to hire in such a way that a new staff member leads us in regular God-honoring worship. He will also help people connect to opportunities for growth, be equipped, and go on to help equip others as a disciple who makes disciples. We want to be a disciplemaking church, and we believe this staffing plan will help us move deeper into that goal.

See the link below for our big picture staffing plan and how the three main job descriptions fit together. While we are confident and excited about this move forward, we readily hold on to Proverbs 16:9,

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. (NIV)

This is a good place to be. We rest in the fact that God will build this team the way he sees fit and that he will add to this team as he chooses. Please join us in prayer as we seek to move forward and trust God to guide our steps.

You can find the document outlining our ministry model, updated staff job descriptions, and the new staff job description here.