The Challenge of Leading Well

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on May 15, 2020

Today’s video devotion (click here to view) impresses upon us the responsibility as a leader of God’s people.
As a pastor, I feel that responsibility. But you are a leader too. If you are a parent, your children are watching your leadership. If you are a Christian in your work environment or interacting with friends, they are watching your spiritual leadership.
The frightening part of being a leader is that when you fail, others suffer. King Saul failed to stay connected to the Savior (read 1 Samuel 29-31 here) and many of his countrymen died as a result.
When we as Christian leaders recognize we have failed, what shall we do? Our New Testament reading (Luke 3:7-38, click here) gives the answer: Repent and claim the One born of Mary who is the Savior of sinners like Adam and sinners like us.
Yesterday’s Leadership Challenge
I apologize for not getting out the daily devotion yesterday. St. Paul's ministerial team was faced with a leadership challenge as Wisconsin’s Safer at Home suddenly ended. When and how do we begin the reopening of our campus in a way that is loving toward all?
We have chosen to begin the reopening by offering short devotional/communion services, limited to ten people. These services will begin this weekend. St. Paul’s members have received more information about this communion opportunity. If you would like information about it, please reply to this email.
We will continue to monitor the situation on a weekly basis to determine the best time to expand the number of people present and the scope of our in-person worship experience.
While in-person gatherings slowly return, we want to assure you that we are committed to our online worship family. We will continue to produce weekly Traditional and Bridge services. In fact, we are improving our equipment in both locations and will soon be able to live stream both the Bridge (with ever increasing quality) and the Traditional service.  
If Jesus has risen, then I will end well.
As we read about Old Testament kings in the months ahead, you will notice how few of them ended well. Our If… Then… message series concludes this weekend with a study of 1 Peter 5:6-11. If Jesus has risen, then you and I can trust that He can keep Christian leaders like us safely in God’s grace so that we end well. Hope you can join us in our online worship. Click here for all our online worship resources.

God bless you today and always!

Pastor Pete


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