The Resource Room Lady
a man could do this job. However, we have yet to see that. So we will use
"lady” and assure you that we intend no offense to any brother who is
doing this wonderful work.)
a congregation begins to build a resource room, those in charge have to make
many decisions about what the room will be. Budget considerations, availability
of space, the number of classes and teachers, ages of students, and many other
things have to be considered. But the most difficult decision of all is often
the Who. Who will manage the room? What kind of person does she need to be?
she should be faithful. That includes faithfulness in attendance--no one should
ever have to wonder if she will happen to be at a given service--but
faithfulness is much more than that. This job requires her to be a steward over
a large collection that belongs to the Lord’s church. To be pleasing to God,
she needs to be "a faithful steward.” She needs to be sufficiently mature
in Christ to take serious things seriously.
needs to possess a submissive spirit. The elders or men of the congregation are
asking that she manage the room, but they are not asking her to run the church
or education department! The resource room lady should demonstrate by her
behavior that she understands authority in the church as God designed it. She
needs to respect both the scope and limits of her role.
the other hand, the resource room lady needs to be independent in her work
ethic. She should be able to make decisions without having to bother the men
above her with every little detail. She should have the commitment and
diligence to start and continue the work without having to be prodded by the
teachers or anyone else.
resource room lady should be knowledgeable in the Scriptures. She needs to have
a basic understanding of the facts and applications of a wide range of Bible
stories. She needs the background to be able to look at a pattern, idea, or
visual to determine if it is faithful to the account in Scripture. She also
need to be discerning, to recognize the difference in substance and fluff, to
know if material develops Bible knowledge and spiritual life-changes or just
fills the time. She should be able to help others learn to be discerning in
those areas as well.
resource lady must be good with people. She will need to have helpers and needs
to be able to work with them. She needs to be approachable and always ready to
listen to requests and comments from teachers. Her tongue should be careful and
kind. She needs to be humble and not exhibit a know-it-all attitude.
she works so closely with people, the resource room lady needs a hard shell.
Criticism will come. Everyone will not like what she does or how she does it.
She needs to be able to hear the comments, determine their validity, make
changes if called for…and never take any of it personally.
might say that a resource room person has to be organized and creative. While
those traits are extremely helpful to possess at the start, they are skills
that can be learned as she does the job. However, this is no place to put a
creative non-doer to encourage her to be faithful, to study the Bible, or to be active
in church work.
The best resource a congregational resource room has to offer should be the Resource Room Lady. Choose her carefully and prayerfully. Then support and encourage her constantly.