On Sunday, October 23, The Renew Community (Lansdale, PA) officially added and commissioned two elders to their elder team. While elders have been commissioned at the church before, this was the first time Renew added women elders to the team. Renew has believed in the authority of women in leadership from its inception, it was now that the church sensed it had identified qualified leaders who were both willing and able to lead who were female.
Cindy Culp and Claudia Brice, two gifted women who have been in various leadership roles within Renew for years, were commissioned, prayed over and affirmed in their new role. The church was invited to come forward, lay hands on them and pray blessing on them. After the conclusion of the time of prayer and commissioning, the entire church surrounded both the new and current elders and prayed blessing on all of them. It was a very moving and significant moment in the life of the church as Renew moves into a new chapter of leadership.
As a network, we rejoice when leaders – male and female – are recognized, equipped, affirmed and commissioned to follow Jesus based on the gifts the Spirit has entrusted to them. Thanks be to God!