By   •   January 23, 2017   •   Topics: ,


I've just been asked to be on our church's governing board, but I'm not sure I should accept. I've always been active in our church, but this is a big responsibility and I'm not sure if I'm qualified. Should I tell them to get someone else?


Obviously others in your church believe you’re qualified for this responsibility, or they wouldn’t have chosen you. Therefore, unless God clearly tells you otherwise, accept it joyfully and see it as an opportunity to serve Christ in this way.

In fact, I’m glad you feel inadequate—because it will make you more dependent on God! In other words, if you thought you had all the answers and always knew exactly what should be done, you’d never feel any need to seek God’s wisdom. But you and your fellow board members are involved in God’s work, and you need His guidance. The Bible says, “the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17).

How should you approach this responsibility? First, approach it humbly. Listen to those with more experience; see it as a responsibility that God has given you; avoid any hint of pride. Second, approach it prayerfully—and encourage others to do the same. You’ll be making decisions that affect not only your church’s future, but also the spiritual health of every person in your congregation. Finally, approach it biblically. Study what God says in His Word about spiritual leadership, and seek to put it into action.

Not everyone has been called by God to do what you’ll be doing. But every believer has been called to live for Christ and to serve Him in every way they possibly can—with God’s help.

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