A number of you probably read the title and decided that this post is meant to be ironic, since many times, "exciting" and "elder meeting" fit together about as well as "jumbo shrimp" or "tasty vegetarian meal." Yet last night I left our gathering highly excited about the future of our church and the things that we will be accomplishing as a board this year.
Each of us identified at least one man with whom we are going to pursue a one-on-one or small group discipling relationship. Unless it's sharing Christ with a lost person, there's nothing in my ministry I find quite as rewarding as meeting with other men and challenging them to follow the Master more closely. Seeing them each grow and embrace their calling and gifts is an incredible privilege, and being part of an elder board whose members are all going to do this together is simply amazing. We also made some strategic decisions about how to infect our people with a passion for evangelism and relationships with people who don't know Jesus.
And all of this while eating Cindy's marvelous homemade oatmeal/raisin cookies, drinking good coffee and sitting in comfy chairs in front of Rick's roaring fire.