Pastor's Page
Elizabeth Smith
We have had our second church Open Forum (on September 17), and it was a productive time of 
conversation and planning. Many thanks to Lee Arnold for having much information available for us, and to 
Bonnie Marden, our church consultant for leading us in our meeting. 
There are many efforts being made to help our church become more healthy and alive. In addition to 
the work you all can participate in through the Open Forum setting, our Church Council is also working to 
address the issues that need to be faced if we are to move forward with hope and confidence. Cynthia Norton, 
the chairperson, has challenged each leader to read the book, I Am a Church Member by Thom S. Rainer, 
and I would add to that a challenge to each of you to read the book as well. It is thought-provoking, and 
can lead to spiritual growth and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a part of the church belonging 
to Jesus Christ. 
At the end of each chapter in the book there is a pledge, and these pledges are printed all together at 
the end of the book as a covenant. I would like to include it here and invite you to consider making this 
your promise of support for Asbury in the coming year. I believe that if each of us makes this commitment, 
our church cannot help but become healthier and stronger. Please take time to read this, and hang onto it, 
put it in your Bible or devotional book, post it on your refrigerator, or otherwise keep it close at hand so that 
you can continue to refer to it in the coming weeks. 
I am a church member. 
I like the metaphor of membership. It’s not membership as in a civic organization or a country club. 
It’s the kind of membership given to us in 1 Corinthians 12: “Now you are the body of Christ, and individual 
members of it” (1 Cor. 12:27). Because I am a member of the body of Christ, I must be a functioning member, 
whether I am an “eye,” an “ear,” or a “hand.” As a functioning member, I will give. I will serve. I will 
minister. I will evangelize. I will study. I will seek to be a blessing to others. I will remember that “if one 
member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1 
Cor. 12:26). 
I am a church member. 
I will seek to be a source of unity in the church. I know there are no perfect pastors, staff, or other 
church members. But neither am I. I will not be a source of gossip or dissension. One of the greatest contributions 
I can make is to do all I can in God’s power to help keep the church in unity for the sake of the gospel. 
 
I am a church member. 
I will not let my church be about my preferences and desires. That is self-serving. I am in this church

Pastor Elisabeth