Mike Farrell—Appointed Elder: God is Good!…Who’s next?Jon Gore
In the book of Titus, Paul writes:
“The reason I left you [Titus] in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless…he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it” (Titus 1:5–9).
This past January, it was an honor to appoint Mike Farrell as an Elder in the San Diego Church of Christ. I have worked closely and built a great friendship with Mike over the last eight years, and he has demonstrated himself to be a Godly man of great character who holds firmly to the trustworthy message. He has managed his household well; his wife is well loved; his oldest son, Austin, is a faithful and serving disciple of Christ; and Mike has loved and taught well his youngest son, Drew, who has special needs. Over these past few months Mike and his wife, Mary, along with Ron—our other Elder—and his wife, Linda, have been great partners with Yung and me in serving the Pomerado Region and forming a great vision for the Church.
Working with Ron and Mike is an amazing pleasure—especially to a young Evangelist. We are also excited to continue raising up new Elders and Deacons. As the Bible tells us: “Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task” (1 Timothy 3:1). God will raise up noble men for a noble task. Thanks to all of you who wholeheartedly serve God and his people. If this role is something you aspire to, then dive into your bible, pray earnestly and listen to the Spirit, and invite input into your life from Godly people around you. With this type of humility, God will turn your aspiration into an appointment.
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service” (1 Timothy 1:12).