Step by Step
Written by Yvonne Dalke
Elder Board Member from 2017-2020
After my niece sent a video of her first grandchild learning to walk around the house, I was reminded how exciting those first steps can be. It is a new adventure for both the toddler and the parents.
It is much the same when one begins a term in leadership. Working with a new group of people provides renewed enthusiasm and excitement. Three years ago, Pastor Ben approached me about accepting a position on the elder board. I was being asked to “step up to the plate” once again. I had to ask myself if I was willing to work through issues that arise in the church family and be a support to someone experiencing his first steps as a pastor.
As the years pass, I realize how differently I treat my steps. They have become more cautious and deliberate as I navigate through the neighborhood on my walks. During the course of my elder term, decisions often needed to be cautious, too. I definitely needed to watch my step.
Now I reflect back on the past 3 years and realize how fast they have gone. I am nearing the time I will be stepping down from the elder board. But I know full well it is very easy to stumble when you step down. Would a critical spirit and grumbling heart with different leadership cause me and others to be out of step with how God is leading? I hope not.
I wish to step off the elder board as an encourager to those who are now stepping in to help lead the church into 2021. My hope for them is taken from Psalm 37: 23-24. The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him, though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.