Shepherd Stories: Claude Ross

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It has been a tremendous blessing the past two years serving as a shepherd of the Belton Church. The friendship and trust that we have as shepherds can only be attributed to God working in our hearts. I thoroughly enjoy meeting with these men and our conversations about work, family, and most importantly, how we see the Belton Church grow. Our meetings are not onerous. We have had our share of difficult conversations and concerns that needed to be addressed. Because we continually ask God for wisdom, for His will to be in hearts and His words to come from our mouths, we are at peace with our decisions.

I see God working in BCC every day. We have new families coming to join our church family. I see lives changing to be more like Christ. The passion of our members and their eagerness to serve encourages me daily. It is my prayer that we may be a light to our local community. BCC is in a great location. With the growth of the North Belton/West Temple area, we have a grand opportunity that not many other churches have. Our community needs to know our Savior, and BCC is in the best place to reach our neighbors. We need to be known in our community as a church family who serves others.

If there is one thing that I wish people knew about being a shepherd, it is the burden we feel to intimately know everyone and what’s going on in their lives. I struggle that I don’t know everyone’s name, where they work and what they struggle with.

As a shepherd, I find encouragement in a close friend who also serves as a shepherd in another church. His attitude and dedication are examples for me. Before I considered serving as a shepherd, he and I had many long conversations about leading people and leading change. Many times, our conservations are on fishing trips. It is blessing to spend time with him.

Take a few minutes—without distractions—to reflect on this story. Finish your reflection time in prayer. Please pray especially for our Shepherds, as they continue to lead us.