Moravian Church in North America

In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.

Moravian Church in North America
North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Ensuring Wise Direction, Administration, and Accountability for the Communityfotolia leadership webThere is strong, effective leadership by the pastor and boards that is team oriented, empowering, inspiring, strategic, and risk-taking and which sets and leads the direction of the congregation toward becoming and remaining healthy.The pastor’s skills have been matched to the real needs of the congregation. The pastor’s leadership style results in positive relationships between clergy and laity and between the official boards and the congregation. All members have access to leadership.

Board members are active participants in the congregation’s offerings and understand the real needs for mission and ministry. The congregation has an efficient process for identifying and evaluating needs, developing approaches, and making decisions.There is transparency and honesty in decisions and actions; and, communication is open so that everyone has the same information. Existing and new lay leadership resources are nurtured and developed. Servant leadership development exists to cultivate leaders and members. Pastors identify and lead those individuals who show potential for becoming ministers of the Gospel. There is a continuing process for conferring leadership responsibility to a wider group of members including younger members; and, new leaders are encouraged and supported in their positions. Members exhibit a responsibility for the congregation, its fellowship and its outreach, understand and support the priorities and directions set by leaders, and actively participate as leaders and workers.

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Moravian Daily Texts


Fourth Sunday of Easter

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Sunday, April 22 — Acts 4:5–12; Psalm 23
1 John 3:16–24; John 10:11–18

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me. Psalm 7:1

Jesus prayed: “I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15

God in whom we find refuge, we are grateful. When we find life unmanageable we remain hopeful, knowing you provide safekeeping from all that would separate us from you. Amen.

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