2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, 4 knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you; 5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction…
-1 Thessalonians 1:2-5
Dear CLC Family,
As you all know, as a church we’ve been undergoing a process of re-examining how we “do” church. This has involved much prayer, study of Scripture and hard work on the part of several committees. One committee that has been doing quite a bit of work is the Governance Committee.
Over the past five months. the Governance Committee has been prayerfully examining questions related to how CLC is governed, the role of prophecy in the life of the church, how church leaders should be selected, and the role and qualifications of elders.
One question the committee has wrestled with is the degree to which women are free to participate in Church leadership. Therefore, they convened a congregational meeting in February to discuss the specific question of allowing women to serve as elders- and gave you an opportunity to be part of the conversation. Thanks to all of you who participated in that meeting and let your views be known.
The Governance Committee took into consideration the feedback provided by all of you and after much prayer has come to the decision that women should be eligible to serve as elders at CLC. The committee chose to leave for a later time, the question of whether a woman can serve as head elder.
One common sentiment the Governance Committee has heard consistently from the congregation over the past several months is the need to expand the elder board. To that end, the committee has set the goal of adding three more elders to the board in the near future.
The members of the Governance Committee are as follows: Larry Cleek, Nelson Mead, Pam Bateman, Charlie Becker, Paul Simonet, Stan Harrington, Beth Peck, Aubree Cleek and Bill Cushman. If you have any questions about how they came to their decision, they would be more than happy to speak with you.
The elders and Governance Committee believe that as we trust the Lord and continue to seek His heart for CLC, He will bring clarity to those areas where it may be currently lacking. We ask that you continue to pray that the Lord’s purposes for CLC be fulfilled and His kingdom advance in the Ithaca/Dryden area.
(On Behalf of the Development Team)