One of my favorite athletes growing up was Michael Jordan. I always believed he could do anything he wanted. But with all due to respect to “His Airness” (still the greatest basketball player in the history of the game), he needed strong players around him to win championships. How far would Michael Jordan have gotten in his game without Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, and Steve Kerr? None of these players achieved individual success, but together they were unstoppable. Great players win championships when they recognize the importance of a strong team.
As a pastor, I am grateful to be surrounded by great leadership in our church who help us live into our mission of making disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus. Where would we be as a church without these leaders (and the countless volunteers who serve in each of our ministries)? The mission of the church is greater than any one individual and it takes all of us working together to win the prize to which Christ has called us.
The author of Hebrews writes, “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith,”(Hebrews 13:7). Listed below is our 2019 Church Leadership Teams. These five teams represent our administrative committees in the church and the individuals who have agreed to serve on each team. This Sunday in our worship services, we will recognize these leaders and pray for them as they lead us in the next year. I want to ask you to take this list and pray for each of these individuals by name throughout the year. Leadership is not always easy, but it can feel easier when you know you have the encouragement and prayerful support of those who are with you.
There are several names that are not listed and many individuals who serve on different ministry teams. Please don’t think we don’t see you — our ministries would not happen without all of you and I thank God every day for each of you. Throughout the year, we will be recognizing our different ministries and those who serve in each area.
Great players win championships when they recognize the importance of a strong team. We have an awesome team of servant leaders at Royston First UMC, and I am grateful that I get to be your pastor. Have a great weekend and I look forward to being with you in worship on Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00!
In Mission Together,
P.S. If you want to know more about how you can get involved in one of our ministry areas or serve in a leadership role in the church, please let me know by replying to this e-mail. We are always looking for the next person to join our team and I would love to talk with you and help you explore the gifts God has given you for serving in the church.
Royston First United Methodist Church
Administrative Council:Jeff Malcom, Chair
Janet Brown, Aaron Hodges, Madlen Hodges, David Jordan, Bettye Leard, Ann McCauley, Jody McCracken, Lindy McFarlin, Patsy Mercado, Ed Rios, Amy Skelton, Mitch Skelton, Chuck Viers, Ginny Viers, and Sallie Watkins.
Board of Trustees: David Jordan, Chair
Doris Crouch, Gordon Haas, Jim Hodges, Stephanie Mason, Joe McCracken, Kevin McFarlin, Robyn Moon, and Craig Smith.
Finance Committee:Chuck Viers, Chair
Stan Dilworth, Bettye Leard, David Jordan, Christy Malcom, Jeff Malcom, Ann McCauley, Anita McGarity, Mitch Skelton, Steve Williams, and Heather Woods.
Nominations and Leadership Development: Rev. Matt Parker, Chair
Judy Dick, Amy Lee, Laurie Hodges, Phillip James, Jody McCracken, Patsy Mercado, Donna Roach, Dan Smith, Amy Skelton, and Mitch Skelton.
Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC):Ann McCauley, Chair
Larry Brown, George Dick, Lisa Dilworth, Sheri Fields, Ernie Gardner, Jo Beth James, Sharon Laird, Matt Lee, and Mitch Skelton.