Byron Peters, Pastor
1 Peter 5:1 I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you…
As you probably know, every member of CCC has a ruling elder assigned to them. Or to put it another way, every ruling elder has a “flock” that they should know well enough to pray for and be a resource for spiritual growth. Our ruling elders are: Rik Gervais, Rick Hawkes, Pew-Thian Yap, Jeremy Purvis, David Stepp, and Jeffrey West.
Several months ago the elders of CCC looked at a map of Chapel Hill and Durham, with little dots on it: Red for where members live, white for where elders live.
We noticed a couple of interesting things. First, our church is loosely clustered in four locations. South Durham (around the mall), West Durham (near Good Shepherd), Chapel Hill, and South Chapel Hill (towards Pittsboro). Second, our elders are pretty much scattered among those four areas.
Looking at this map got us asking questions like this:
- What would it be like to have people in my “flock” living near me, so I could run into them at the store or more easily hang out? Could I “shepherd” them better (1 Peter 5)?
- How might an entire flock benefit if they could all begin to identify as a “flock” and get to know one another better because of a similar geography?
- Would it benefit new members to be getting to know elders who live in the same neck of the woods?
- How could we begin to reach our neighbors with the gospel more effectively alongside other CCC members who live nearby?
So after months of prayer and deliberation, we decided to reorganize our elder flock structure along geographical lines. The ruling elder near you will then be your ruling elder. Emails forthcoming on February 19.
We are really excited about this. One of the perennial difficulties elders face is getting time with people. One of the perennial difficulties members face is getting to know their elders. We are praying that living in closer proximity to our flocks will improve our communication and relationships.
If you have a longstanding relationship with your elder, don’t worry. That will certainly continue. You’ll simply gain a new elder friend! And prayerfully you will begin to find opportunities to get to know other members of CCC who live near to you even as you continue to enjoy CCC relationships that stretch across the entire arc of Chapel Hill and Durham.