12/10/2015 07:36

Think About This

At the first church I served as pastor we had a weekly insert in the bulletin called “Unsung Heroes.” The purpose was to honor those who worked long and hard behind the scenes to make things happen. We would list their name and what they did. The first two or three months it was easy to find people to write about, but then it became more and more difficult. It seemed we had run out of heroes. 

In the 1940s management pioneer Dr. Joseph Juran, recognized a universal principle he called the "vital few and trivial many." Simply put Juran says that in any organization 20% of the people do 80% of the work.  Pastors across America often quote that statistic as a negative way of “shaming” church people to get more involved. I hope I haven’t done that to you.  I am very grateful for all the hard work that you do behind the scenes to make Community Church the great church that it is. 

Along that line I want to publically thank Ted and Marieanne Crossman, who for as many years as I can remember prepared the Communion elements each month.  I can’t imagine how many millions of tiny cups they filled over the years. Ted and Marieanne have now stepped down from those duties after decades of faithful service.  They deserve our gratitude. Like them, there are many faithful people, too many to name, who make our church run. You do your tasks day after day, week after week, without recognition. I’m sure that if I were to try to name names I’d forget someone and I don’t want to do that.  I do want to say that I am deeply appreciative of all that each of you do in service to the Lord and His church. 

In 1 Corinthians 10:31 the Apostle Paul wrote, “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  

Think about that!

RB 

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