To My Fellow Pastor,
Today is the birthday of the first volunteer Elder that our church plant ever ordained, pastor Austin DeArmond. Next month we will celebrate one year of doing pastoral ministry together in a church plant. Before his ordination, I served as the sole pastor of our church so desperately longing for a Christian brother who was both called, equipped and qualified to serve our fellowship alongside me bearing the joyful burden of Biblical shepherding. He was and is an answer to that prayer. He pastors while working a full-time job, leading his family, teaching small group Bible studies, occasional Sunday Sermons, offering pastoral counsel to our members, and participating in our bi-weekly (sometimes two or three hour) elder meetings. He does this voluntarily and joyfully. He is a real pastor in every sense of the word to both me and the flock. He pours out himself for the local church not for a salary or temporal recognition but for the unfading crown of glory. He models for us a steadfast faith that does not waver with circumstances, and an unshakeable commitment to sound teaching, yet he will be the first to tell you that he is the chief of sinners unworthy of God’s grace. For these things and more I am abundantly grateful.
I am thankful both for God’s design of local church leadership and for his provision of the right men at the right time to help shepherd God’s growing church in the right way. With the plurality of pastoral oversight, there is increased accountability, wisdom, patience, and commitment to the mission of the church as revealed in God’s word.
Join me in praying that God will continue to raise up other staff and non-staff elders to help shepherd our local body of Christ according to the example of my dear brother and the teaching of the Scriptures.
1 Peter 5:1-4 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Happy Birthday Pastor Austin,
By His Grace & For His Glory,
Pastor Brandon Langley
St. Rose Community Church