As we think about rules, requirements, and structures for our churches, let’s be careful not to dismiss or devalue the offering of those who are perhaps less than in the world’s estimation but rich in kingdom values. The octogenarian who shows up once a month (and who could never sit through eight hours of prayer ministry training) might be one of the most powerful pray-ers in the entire congregation if given the opportunity. And the 30-year-old with chronic fatigue might be the best person to co-lead the international ministry if we work with her limitations. Yes, being empathetic and inclusive requires more thought, more time, and more patience. In the long run, however, it creates a beautifully diverse congregation that more fully represents the world in which we live.
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Dorothy Littell Greco is a member of Redbud Writers Guild and a regular contributor for Today’s Christian Woman and Gifted for Leadership. Her first book will be published by David C. Cook in December. You can follow her on Twitter (@dorothygreco) or find more of her work on her site.