Jesus calls us all to follow his example and be servant leaders. Jesus said, “The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11) We are all called to serve and each of us is given wonderful and unique gifts. The apostle Paul said, “There are varieties of gifts, but it is the same Spirit who gives them. There are different ways of serving God, but it is the same Lord who is served. God works through each person in a unique way, but it is God’s purpose that is accomplished. To each is given a gift of the Spirit to be used for the common good. Together we are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 27)
Pastor James would be delighted to meet with you so together you can identify your gifts and discover how God wants you to serve in your family, in the world and at North Church. As a church we do not want to recruit you into anything that is draining, rather we hope to help you discover your call, also called vocation, that nourishes you. Pastor Frederick Buechner said, “Your call is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”
Ordained Servant Leaders
North Church ordains members who have a “strong faith, dedicated discipleship and love of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord” and have “a manner of life that is a demonstration of the Christian gospel in the church and in the world.” (Presbyterian Constitution Book of Order G-6.016) North church ordains those elected by the congregation to the office of “elders” and “deacons”. Elders discern God’s will for the church, nurture faith, empower disciples, inspire mission, provide care, teach scripture and do everything with love. Active elders serve on the session the governing body of North Church. Deacons provide loving, compassionate care in the name of Jesus for all, with special attention to those, alone, sick, grieving or going through a life transition.