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Whom may we appoint?

January 21, 2008

Pastor Steve Thorson, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cokato

Soon after the Holy Spirit was given to the first Christians, it became necessary to appoint leaders and helpers.

As far as I know, these were not paid employees. They had jobs, families, and many other things to do. Still, they consented and were honored as “deacons,” whose responsibility was the welfare of the poor.

Whom may we appoint today? Our elders serve well and joyfully as long as they are physically able. Is it time for some of us middle-aged and younger folks to step up and make sure ministry is done? Or are we watching too much television?

Certainly, some are over-extended. But studies have shown that we actually, on average, have more discretionary time than in years past.

I believe God is calling each of us who have our health to take up at least one major volunteer role in our community. If you have not found a role that fits your interests and abilities, please talk with your pastor.

There is more than enough to do, but God will supply if we will only respond with gratitude for God’s great love.