Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. — 1 Peter 4:10
By Mike Peters
I must begin by admitting that, when asked, I wasn’t too sure about serving as a Trustee. I was concerned that it would only be about the church as a business. In the process I might perhaps lose track of the church’s fundamental mission as I saw it: to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.
But I quickly realized that my concerns were unfounded. And in return, my faith has been deepened.
I saw in my fellow Trustees and their work the love of Christ and, as Peter encourages us, I saw them using their God-given gifts to serve others. In fact, I saw that what the Trustees do is much more than simply the church's business. It is, at its essence, a ministry—a ministry that serves God by enabling and underpinning our church’s mission and other ministries.
The Trustees’ commitment to serve Jesus Christ with their time and incredible talents has demonstrated, as 1 Peters says, "faithful stewardship of God’s grace in its various forms," and has inspired and humbled me. It has deepened my understanding of our call to serve and my faith in the Lord. It has caused me to acknowledge my narrow-mindedness and to look for the hand of God in every activity of the church. In doing so, I have begun to feel God’s presence in each endeavor, even the most seemingly mundane (such as elevator repairs).
In addition, my service as an officer has allowed me the incredible opportunity to assist in communion. Participating directly in this mystery of faith has been profoundly meaningful to me.
After a year, I am thankful that I have been able in some small way to use my gifts, such as they are, in service to our church. I realize, as is so often the case, that regardless of how much I may have given, God has given me even more in return. I am excited to see what God has in store for our church, the Trustees and me in the coming year.
Mike Peters and his wife, Eleanor, have been members of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church since 1997. Mike is a member of the Officer Class of 2020. He shared this testimony during closing worship at the annual Officers Retreat on Saturday, May 19.