We recently had an elder's retreat.
Friday night was spent discussing our newly created Executive Administrator position. He will join a staff of a Preaching Minister, Pastoral Care Minister, Children's Minister, and Student Minister. (Our church runs just under 600). Our Worship Minister recently resigned, so we are looking to replace him too. What? No Singles Minister? No College Age Minister? No minister to people with middle initial Q? How will Jesus be proclaimed to all the masses? (No pun intended, we are not Catholic.)
Anyway, I tried to encourage us to think this decision through. Others felt that there was an urgency since a part of the duties of the new EA were bookkeeping, and our bookkeeper (Minister of Finance?) just resigned.
No prayer, no discussion of merit, just talk about how this new position would make our lives so much easier. Motion passed. 8 in favor, one abstention (guess who) because he felt that further thought and prayer should be put into this matter. Have I mentioned that the person they were hiring was one of the elders at the retreat! And a good friend of the minister too!
I found out the next day that our local homeless shelter is in danger of closing due to lack of funds. But we are okay, because we have a new Executive Administrator and will soon hire a new Worship Minister. Jesus must be pleased.
And I am so looking forward to the next day of the retreat!