/ James Faris

A Synergistic View of the Congregation

Dr. Wendell McBurney charged the new officers and the congregation at Second Indianapolis RP Church last Lord’s Day. Two new elders and two new deacons were ordained and installed on this special evening in God’s house (one of the deacons needed only to be installed).

He titled his charge: A Synergistic View of the Congregation. Flowing from 1 Corinthians 12, the charge breathed a lifetime of wisdom in one twenty-minute address.

His words drew from decades of accumulated knowledge and experience. He has served and still serves as a ruling elder in the Bloomington, Indiana, Reformed Presbyterian Church. That congregation was in severe decline twenty-five years ago but now flourishes. God blessed his professional work in the academy as Dean of Research and Sponsored Programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Currently, he also serves on our denomination’s Vital Churches Committee.

I enjoy warm memories of being in the McBurney home as a four year-old. My father served with Wendell on the session of the church in Bloomington, and we would stop at their home so they could talk. At the time, I found the McBurney’s geese and other fowl in the shed out back to be most interesting, but I digress. I have benefited from his wisdom in the years since. It is usually imparted over a meal or in a quiet conversation away from the crowd. Though more than forty years my senior, he has always made me feel like I am his equal on the team. Other younger men testify the same.

In this public charge, we were treated to something special that applies to every congregation. Listen here to benefit as we did. Dr. McBurney’s words begin at the 33 minute mark. Pastor Bob McCracken preached from Ephesians 3, and you will find his words encouraging as well in the first portion of this recording.

Finally, you can see other pictures of the event here.

James Faris

James Faris

Child of God. Husband to Elizabeth. Father of six. Pastor of Second Reformed Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ordained as a pastor in 2003.

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