Broken, But Repairable

By Pastor Bruce Finn

Recently my rambunctious grandson fell from the monkey bars on the playground and broke his right arm. His parents, while concerned and empathetic to their son’s discomfort, commented that they were surprised that it took more than nine years for one of their high-spirited, daredevil sons to break a bone. It was bound to happen sooner or later. Shortly after he fell, he was taken to the emergency room of a local hospital where doctors reset the broken bone back into alignment, wrapped the fracture in a cast, and sent the boy home to recuperate. He is well on his way to a full recovery, soon to return to his high-risk way of life.

 

The Apostle Paul wrote that the church is like a broken bone until it is set into alignment by the appointment of Elders in every congregation. In Titus 1:5 he says, “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.”  The phrase “put in order” is a single word in the ancient Greek language which was used in the 1st Century medical community to describe the process of realigning or resetting a broken bone. In other words, as Paul was planting or starting new churches in one town after another, he understood that a final and necessary step toward the establishment of a healthy local church is the appointment or ordination of Elders. These men would oversee the spiritual lives of the members and decide the spiritual direction of the church community. Elders are needed to promote the life, health and mission of every local church.


The Elder Board is pleased to announce that God has raised up 8 men who are trained, willing, capable, confirmed and eager to serve Covenant Church in the office of Elder. As we have seen in Scripture, such a provision from God should be viewed as a great blessing and encouragement to our congregation, a divine contribution toward our health as a church. It also aligns with the Elder Board’s desire to repopulate the Board with fresh voices and ideas at a time when we are transitioning toward the search for our next Lead Pastor.


Through this blogpost the Elder Board is placing the following men in nomination for election as Elders at Covenant Church:

Enoch Delaporte, Al Herman, Andrew Jones, Matthew Jones, Jeff Lake, Calvin Lee, Scott Wetherbee, and Matt Zimmerman


These men have been on a long journey which began late last year, involving their initial nomination, many months of classroom training, a written examination on the Bible and theology, an interview by the Elder Board and a final confirmation of their nomination. Beginning on Sunday, November 15th through Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 we will hold a weeklong congregational meeting during which adult members of Covenant Church may vote for any or all of these men. The Elder Board recommends all. An electronic ballot will be provided when the time comes. Those who are elected by a majority of those who vote will be ordained to the office of Elder on Sunday, December 6th, 2020.


In the meantime, we urge you to pray, thanking God for each of these men who have persevered through this prolonged process and asking God to confirm His will for them through the votes of our members. And as you pray, consider the inspired words of the Apostle Paul as he describes the kind of men who should be appointed as Elders in His Church.  


Titus 1:6-9, “An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”


If you have questions about any nominee, please contact them directly. For questions about the process or the plan moving forward, please contact me via email at brucef@covenantdoylestown.org

We welcome your input and inquiries.