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Shepherd Stories: Dave Jarratt
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The joy of serving as a Shepherd

From time to time I am asked, "how has shepherding been a blessing?" Often, my simple response is “the opportunities that God gives weekly for relationship.” Over the past six years serving our congregation in this way, God has connected Rebekah and me with numerous others relationally in our walk together with Him in Belton. Some of those connections begin with those who visit BCoC for the first time. Sometimes those connections spring from Christian brothers and sisters sharing their faith, joys and struggles as we learn more of God's Word in a group study or class discussion. Other times, new connections in Christ arise from longtime family trust relationships that cross generations within our congregation. Our children were all raised in the Belton church throughout our Military service, and their lives and faith walks (including ours as a family) were nurtured by the love and encouragement of this body. One of my personal joys comes when younger members connect with us in Christ one-on-one, perhaps because they have seen us connect with their parents or grandparents over the years. As a Shepherd, I find joy daily in walking with fellow Shepherds in seeking after our Savior, learning from God's Word together, and listening for the Spirit's urging so that all of us, of every age, might grow more and more to be fully devoted followers of Jesus. It really is a blessing to recognize that our joy in the Lord comes from sharing His love with others. We truly are one in Christ Jesus.

Your Brother in Christ,

Dave Jarratt

Shepherd Stories: Mark Groveunder
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What's it been like, being a shepherd of a church?

It has been a true blessing to be a shepherd at BCC. I have been amazed at the positive feedback and words of encouragement I have received. It is not easy to please everyone. But based on the feedback I have received, we seem to be headed in the right direction. It is often a challenge for us as shepherds to be everywhere because each of us has full-time jobs, and for me, that often includes travel. But this also highlights one of our objectives, which is to increase the breadth and depth of our volunteers. We want to empower them to do that which we believe God has called us to do. We have seen tremendous growth at BCC—not just in the number of people, but also in our spiritual development. I look forward to seeing what else God has in store for us as individuals and as a group called the Belton Church of Christ.

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.

Shepherd Stories: Scott Cox

Church family,

God is at work at BCC. God is at work around the world through the missionaries we support. God is at work through our ministers and staff and the work they do each day. God is at work through your acts of service and the lives that you touch. I am thankful for our former shepherds, for their hearts of service and the way God continues to use them in ministry. We are blessed to live in a community that provides a positive environment for families. Yet many of our neighbors have struggles, and many do not know Jesus. There is much work still to be done, and I believe God has bigger plans for BCC. As we prayerfully consider plans to execute our growing young initiative over the coming months, I ask for your prayers for wisdom and God’s direction. I also ask that you consider how you will serve. We anticipate there will be expanded opportunities for service, and we solicit everyone’s participation. Together, with God’s help, we can touch many lives with the good news of the gospel.

In closing, I want to thank you for your support and encouragement. Thank you for your financial support that has enabled us to meet our budget thus far. Thank you for the way you step up when needs are made known. I am humbled to serve as one of your shepherds, and it is a privilege to serve with my fellow shepherds. May we always seek to do His will, and may we always be light unto a dark world.

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.

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.