Every organization needs some form of leadership. Sports teams have coaches. Schools have administration. Businesses have boards, and CEO’s and managers.
The church has shepherds.
KCC is led by a team of elders/pastors (we see these terms used synonymous in the New Testament) who have a desire, calling from God and calling from the congregation to shepherd people.
Shepherd the Flock of God
The Holy Spirit says through Peter to church elders,
“shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory” (1 Peter 5:2-4)
Our church constitution states:
“We believe Jesus Christ, as our Head and Chief shepherd, lovingly rules His church through His Word and Spirit. Elders ought to be recognized as those who faithfully follow Jesus and lead the church as spiritual under-shepherds…”
Shepherding is a distant metaphor for most, since NW Ohio isn’t sheep country. It entails knowing, feeding, leading, and protecting sheep. (This four-fold summary is from The Shepherd Leader, by Timothy Witmer).
- Shepherding entails knowing. The KCC pastors desire to know and love the congregation relationally and personally.
- Shepherding entails feeding. The kind of feeding pastors do is feeding with the Word of God. KCC pastors must be men who can teach and disciple using scripture with sound biblical doctrine.
- Shepherding entails leading. The elders lead the church with vision and strategy for carrying out our mission to make disciples of Jesus. We also seek to lead by example.
- Shepherding entails protecting. The NT is prolific with warnings about false teachers, so elders guard the church from false teaching. We also seek to warn and protect the church from the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.
KCC is governed by the covenant members. One thing that means is the church members vote in the elders, and have the authority to vote out an elder.
Getting to Know Jeremy Rupp
In our March 28, 2021 covenant member meeting we are voting on Jeremy Rupp as a KCC elder/pastor. We asked Jeremy a few questions to help you get to know him.
Where’d you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in rural Pettisville and went to school at Pettisville. I went to Archbold Evangelical Church from age 0-18 with my family. I live in Defiance now.
Who is in your immediate family?
Becca is my wife, Elizabeth is my daughter, and we have one on the way.
What do you do for a living?
I work full time doing marketing for a small manufacturing company called Granite Industries in Archbold, OH.
Where have you received your education?
- Pettisville: K-12
- Minnesota State University – Mankato: undergraduate degree in automotive engineering technologies.
- BGSU – MBA
- Denver Seminary – Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies – in process.
Why do you want to serve as an elder?
Because I love the flock that God has brought to King’s Cross. Getting to know the members and regular attenders at KCC over the last eight years has been one of the great joys of my life. I have a desire to build up, love, protect, teach and serve each member to the glory of God.
How can we pray for you? (1-3 things)
- Holy Spirit Wisdom – As an elder considering the many issues affecting the church. And also in managing life as a husband, dad, worker, and seminarian.
- Increased strength – I often feel physically, mentally and spiritually weak, so please pray for God’s strength to abound in my life.
- Increased love for Jesus that pours over into all of my relationships.
What is the most ridiculous fact you know?
A mantis shrimp has the ability to crack a glass aquarium when it punches with its claw.
What’s your favorite animal?