For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
Pastoral Care With Heart
After more than a decade and a half of serving on Bethlehem’s Pastoral Care & Compensation Committee (PCCC), Chuck & Linda Morris have resigned to shift into a new phase of life and ministry.
Chuck was formerly on staff at Bethlehem, serving as Business Administrator for about a year back in the mid-90s. For my orientation, when I first came on staff as Executive Minister in 1997, Chuck & Linda invited me to their home where we sat down and went through each and every line item in Bethlehem’s budget. Together they have anchored the PCCC through multiple extensive staff surveys, the establishment of the Pastors’ Children’s Education Stipend, the inauguration of a Bethlehem-supported retirement program for pastors and staff, and other numerous recommendations to the Elder Council over the years. Their hearts are an amazing gift to those of us on staff at Bethlehem, for they truly desire for the pastors and families to flourish in ministry. During one transition, Chuck & Linda even offered their home (and lived elsewhere) so one of our pastoral families had a place to stay.
The PCCC is appointed by the elders to make recommendations to the Elder Council for the care & compensation of the pastoral staff. The committee has reviewed sabbatical proposals, worked to establish prayer support groups for pastors and their families, annually makes a recommendation about cost of living adjustments, and more.
The Morrises are an example of willing hearts putting gifts to work in the service of others to the glory of God.