The intent of this blog series is to introduce our church to people serving in various ways throughout our church body, people you may know well or not so well, so as to give us all an opportunity to learn more about each other, learn from each other, and be mutually encouraged in God's gracious work through us, as instruments in His hands.
This month's volunteer being interviewed is Jamen Walker, who helps coordinate our church library with his wife Faith:
I have been attending since October 2010 and became a member about 6 months later.
What are some of your favorites hobbies/things to do with your free time?
My favorite hobby is to read. I also like to play board games, basketball, video games, and go on walks with Faith.
How long have you been coordinating the library ministry?
I got the job when I joined the membership. Tom and Mike were the elders I met with, and they thought it was a great idea. I was happy to have had an original idea and a way to uniquely contribute to the church.
What do you enjoy most about being the library coordinator and book reviewer?
I get to pass on the knowledge and wisdom of the Bible and the Christian life that I have learned from great preachers, authors, and theologians of our day to others in our congregation.
What do you think the value is in a church having a library of books and resources?
The Bible is not a simple book. It can take a while to bear noticeable fruit in the Christian life and to grow in faith in the reading of the Word of God. Yes, it is very true that a child can and has embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, there is so much in the Bible that is read over or misunderstood. If we are discerning, we can select and use books as valuable resources to help us understand the Bible in ways that we previously have not. This has happened so many times to me. I'll read over a passage that I have seen multiple times, but because of what I read from a book on the same subject, I am able to understand the meaning in a better way than I ever have. Who has read a classic piece of literature and reread it a second time only to get more out of it? Because you know the ending and themes, it is easier to know what to look for and to put it all together into one seamless story and work. The Bible is the same in this manner. We can read and reread this book over and over every year and never get out of it all that we can. I only hope that I can help others to realize this and take the time to really see all that God tells us in the Bible.