March 4: Luke Akins
Ephesians 4 says that Christ has given pastors and teachers to the church in order to “prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” When our church selects a pastor or elder, it is a profoundly important decision. It is important because God has given the spiritual parameters of his work and the necessary qualifications required of pastors and elders (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 2:5-9). For our church to collectively put its stamp of approval on a man to lead, it is saying that we are in agreement that this man has met all the requirements which God has stipulated and that his gifts are suited for the particular needs of this local body.
At Christ Covenant the selection process for pastors other than the senior pastor is described as follows in our bylaws:
- The board of elders will determine when these positions are required, the criteria required to fill each position, and provide a job description for each position.
- The board of elders is responsible for recruiting persons for ministry staff. These are appointive positions.
While the church does not vote on pastors other than the senior pastor, it has been our desire to make congregational affirmation an important part of the selection process. The members of the church have been given 30 days in order to get to know the Luke Akins better and express concerns and/or encouragment (March 15 marks the end of this 30 day period).
The elders would like especially the members of this church to read more about Luke and his family, talk with Luke personally if you have not already met him, and be praying that God would direct both the elders and Luke in this process. Below are questions that you can use to help you think about the process of selecting elders and pastors.
How have you experienced the kindness of God through the service of the pastors and elders of Christ Covenant? How is God's wisdom on display through the variety of giftings in the church (Ephesians 4:1-16)?
Are you aware of the responsibilities and giftings of the pastors and elders at Christ Covenant? If not, what can you do to become more familiar with these men? What can you do to help them carry the responsibilities of caring for this church?
Consider Hebrews 13:7 "Remember you leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. COnsider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith." What implication does this verse have for a church when selecting a pastor?
Consider Hebrews 13:17 "Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you." What are the responsibilities of leaders to the congregation? And what are the responsibilities of the congregation to their leaders?
Prayerfully think through the meaning and implications of 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and 1 Peter 5:1-4.
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