Following the Lead: Participating in the Process, By Rev. Rosalynn Austin
General Conference (GC) 2013. I was so excited my husband and I could attend GC and honored that he was asked to be a part of the worship team that year. This was also the first time both of us could actively participate in the business meeting as voting members. That meeting was scheduled at the same time of another very important meeting. This meant I had to choose between attending the business meeting or attending the ladies ministers and minister wives breakfast. I was disappointed. I wanted to have a chance to meet other women God had on the path I was now on, and a chance to be with my sisters gaining friendships and gleaming knowledge. I forfeited that chance of fellowship with ladies to attend the business meeting. I was very uncomfortable having to choose one honor for the next.
However, I did not want to forsake my voice. I wanted to fully engage in all of the responsibilities and expectations attached to being a licensed minister. A chance to learn by experiencing the internal intricacies of our fellowship from the inside and alongside the men and women God had called to be a part of this fellowship. I learned a lot at that business meeting as I do at all of the business meetings for the district and section.
I believe it is important to walk fully through the door God has opened for you. To have pursued the license and not participate in the responsibilities that come with it would not fit well within my path of submission to my husband or the pull of the calling God has on me.
In the secular world there are many who do not vote, who do not learn of the governmental structure of our country, and yet feel that still affords them the right to complain about the decisions made by others without fully engaging or learning about the process themselves. I believe the process of voting is a privilege God has allowed us to have in the US. When He established His kingdom and when He called men and women to be a part of this fellowship, it came with Government within the church, which included those similar proceedings like the business meetings I chose to attend. I do not want to bypass my chance to have a voice alongside my husband, pastor and other licensed brothers and sisters. We are the voice God has placed in this earth; why not use it fully and corporately?
Copyright 2014 Rosalynn Austin
Rosalynn Austin is a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI). She is a veteran of the United States Navy and holds a BS in Health Care Management. For over 13 years she has been a leader and trainer in the field of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. She and her husband, Cedric, also a licensed minister with the UPCI and the Hyphen Director of TLC, are the blessed parents of two children. They attend, serve in and minister out of The Life Church of Kansas City, MO under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Stan & Marlene Gleason. More about Rosalynn Austin can be found at www.everyday-hope.com