WHY I SAID “YES” TO THE DHF BOARD
Almost a year ago, Doug Harvey called me and asked if I would serve on the DHF board for a term of three years. I asked myself, what can a CPA and lay person bring to a board that is mostly populated by pastors? Although I am in a leadership position in my church, I am not a minister and tend to look at situations through a business perspective. I will attempt to answer this at the end of this article. But first, I will present some background information. I said “Yes” to the board position, and here’s why:
Ten years ago I joined Eastridge Park Christian Church in Mesquite, TX. At the time, the church was a Disciples of Christ Church. I researched the church’s beliefs and they were in line with the core beliefs of Christianity. Where I failed was not researching the Disciples of Christ denomination thoroughly. In 2 Peter 2:1-3 and 1Timothy 1:3-4 we are warned of false teachers and false doctrines. How could a denomination with Christ in its name be promoting false doctrine? Around six months after I joined, the truth of the denomination raised its ugly head in our church, and those of us who believed in the accuracy and authority of the Bible insisted that we sever our ties to the DOC, but did not know what was involved. Our pastor was familiar with DHF, called for help, and DHF came to our rescue. Doug traveled to our church several times during the transition and led us through the process. Our exit from the DOC was not pleasant, but it was fairly simple. If DHF had not been around to help us through the exit process, my husband and I would have left the church. Was our church the same after the exit? No, it was not. We lost many members who seemed to place denominational loyalty before the Bible. We retained many who placed the accuracy and authority of the Bible before anything else.
Over the years, we have developed a relationship with DHF and have called upon them for assistance when we needed a trusted outside voice. We were even able to host the DHF national conference in 2008.
DHF is in a time of transition right now. As a board, we have realized moving into the 21st century requires a new “wineskin” for our fellowship to be fully realized. The board is praying and listening for God’s answer about what the new wineskin will look like. Whatever the changes, building and retaining relationships with churches and pastors will remain constant.
So, why am I on the board? Each board member brings his/her own gifts to the table. I bring a different perspective to the board. I am able to testify about the role that DHF played in my church’s exit from DOC from a church member perspective. I understand the importance of our relationship with DHF and the value of DHF resources. I realize the importance of supporting DHF in these transitional times. Our elders listen to the Elder Update every month. What a blessing and wealth of information that has been! We know that we can reach out to DHF anytime a need arises.
Eastridge Park Christian Church donates to DHF every month. It is in our budget to do so. The relationship is that important! I challenge you, as a church, a family or an individual, to commit to a monetary pledge to DHF for 2015.
Edith E. Smith, CPA
DHF Board Member