Church Staff Away Day

Tomorrow, we have our Church Staff Away Day. I say it’s a Church Staff Away Day, actually, it’s not. It’s the PCC Away day. I titled the post ‘Church Staff Away Day’ because those of you who are not Anglican may not know what a PCC is. A PCC is the parochial church council, voted in by members of the congregation to serve the church.

I’m really looking forward to tomorrow to see what God is going to do. And that’s a choice that I’ve had to make. Because, when we think of church administration meetings that involve making decisions about the life of the church, we can often shrink back and flee from them. I was exploring the “Cartoon Church” website by Dave Walker (who, might I say is one of the best commentators of the Anglican Church) and found the cartoon that’s above this post.

Dave Walker really captures the thoughts of most when the term ‘PCC’ is mentioned. The thoughts that spring to mind when one thinks of a PCC meeting are generally negative. And believe me, those negative opinions of a church admin meeting/church council meeting (whatever you want to call it) are always brought with the individual to the meeting itself.

Should this be so?

You obviously know the answer straight away. The simple answer is ‘no’. But there is Biblically sound reason for this answer.

Romans 12

A Living Sacrifice

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12 talks a bit about spiritual gifts. And believe it or not, your PCC duty is mentioned in that passage. If you are called to lead and/or serve, then do it diligently, and serve! But what struck me is that this is all done in the context of love. Love for the Lord and love for each other. Overcome evil with good. Moreover, we are to be a living sacrifice, which means putting our negative opinions to one side for the sake of the kingdom and the progression of the church. It’s a tough order, but we are called to do just that.

We’re told to be different to the pattern of the world. Isn’t it the pattern of the world to complain and grumble at every possibly opportunity? So often I conform to that worldly pattern by expressing my negative opinions which can often leave a trail of destruction.

The good news is that Jesus gives us the key to doing our jobs in the church properly. The joy of the Lord is our strength. The fact that he is the head of the PCC, the church, and the Church is a relief for us all. And let’s be honest, being the head is the rightful place for Christ. So why do we try to get in the way?!

So because of these little ponderings of mine, I’m really excited to see what God is going to do tomorrow. We’re going to be looking at the church and where we want the church to be going over the next year!  Please pray for us as we seek God’s will, and pray that we may have the courage to put our personal plans aside so that God can take the lead.

Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @