Pastor’s Blog September 2019

At the next Church Meeting which will be at the end of the month, Monday 30th September, there will be the opportunity to elect/re-elect elders and a treasurer. To help us think about that I will be preaching two sermons under the title, “Leadership Matters.” The title of these sermons is intended to convey two ideas:

  1. Leadership Matters, that is, Leadership in a church is vitally important for the healthy flourishing of that church. In Acts 14:23, we read that Paul and Barnabas as they planted churches, identified and appointed elders to lead those churches after they had moved on. We need to think prayerfully and carefully about who God might be calling into Leadership within Bramhall Baptist Church.
  2. Leadership Matters that is there are practical matters that impact upon our consideration of who our Leaders should be. We need to give thought to the biblical requirements of character and aptitude as described in Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Tim. 3:1-13; as well as taking account of our own church constitution which requires that any elder should be baptised as a believer and also have been a church member for at least 2 years.

I will hope to look in more depth at both these areas in the two sermons that I will preach on the 8th and 15th of September.

In the meantime it is important that we all give thought to who God might be calling into these key roles in the church. In practical terms any nomination either for elder or treasurer will need to be with me by Saturday 21st September in order that we can give 2 Sunday’s notice to the church of any nominations.

Obviously a nomination must have the consent of the nominee and be signed by a proposer and seconder. I would strongly urge anyone approached and considering nomination for the eldership to speak with me about what is involved in the role and if you are approached about the treasurer’s role to talk with Tom Townson.

As I indicated after the last church meeting, James Lasseter and Stephen Burr will finish their term as elders at the church meeting, James has indicated that he does not intend to stand this time, Stephen has said he will be willing to stand if nominated. Tom Townson has said he intends to stand down as Treasurer at the end of his term in November, in order to facilitate a handover period it would be sensible to appoint a new treasurer at the September meeting.

Please give prayerful consideration to these important appointments.

Phil Dixon