The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. Titus 1:5

It was always Paul’s custom to appoint elders as soon as he founded a church (Acts 14:23). He understood that leadership was the key to the stability and faithfulness of any church. He did not found any super organization that would control all the churches.  There is little organization in the New Testament other than the local church.

Paul left Titus in Crete to get the organization of the church on stable ground. This was to be done by selecting leaders who could give this stability.  Titus was to take the lead in getting this done as evangelist for the churches on Crete. Homer spoke of “Crete of the hundred cities.” Paul was concerned that the churches on Crete stand as autonomous as possible.

The Burns church is at the door of appointing new elders to lead this church for the next generation.  We need to set in order the things that are lacking and ordain elders for this church.  It is a sacred undertaking and one we approach with greatest pray and care.

On July 11 at 4:30 in the afternoon we will have a special meeting of interested members of this church to discuss the process that we want to use to bring this church up to par for leaders. We are asking that all members who have special interest in this process to meet in the technology room for this meeting.

We hope to move back in the direction of having elders to lead this church and you are important to this goal.  Please make yourself available for this meeting today at 4:30