About Our Leadership
- We are an Elder led church.
- The Elders seek wisdom and insight from the body, but retain the final decision-making responsibility.
- Elders are appointed by existing Elders.
- The church body is notified at least four weeks prior to the appointment of a new Elder.
- Elders must maintain their qualification as listed in 1Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
- An Elder will serve as long as he is qualified, until he removes himself from that office, or until he is removed by his fellow Elders.
- Technically, an elder is a pastor, and a pastor is an elder. We make this designation just to indicate that some elders may receive remuneration for their services in order to free them up more extensively for ministry purposes.
- The Pastoral staff is minimal as a matter of philosophy in our church.
- Pastors must maintain their qualifications as listed in 1 Timothy and Titus 1.
- The Pastors’ major role is to provide consistency and continuity in working with the lay leadership.
- We are a lay-leader driven church by design.
- Ministries are headed by gifted leaders who desire to utilize all that God has given them, to bring Him glory.
- We believe that the mission is a call for everyone, not just “paid professionals”, so the bulk of the ministry done through our church is lay-leader driven.
- Our leaders own their ministries and the mission and they live the sacrificial life Jesus modeled by giving freely of their time and talent.
Most organizations are led from a top down model. The church in America has adopted this very familiar corporate structure.
From the beginning we have believed that “the work of service” mentioned in Ephesians 4:12 is the process of making disciple makers and is intended for everyone. To that end we have resisted adding a lot of staff so that all of us would have to take responsibility and engage in disciple making. Desiring to avoid a “paid professional staff” that would be seen as the ‘experts’ who do all the ‘works of service’ we have maintained a very minimal paid staff. In fact, almost everything that happens here, is organized by volunteers who give themselves away.
The organizational model we are following is more like the one diagramed below. Not only is it NOT top-down, it is driven by relationship in the context of community.
The positive benefits of this relationally driven approach is that it offers opportunities for deeper levels of ownership by our people. The culture has become a more ‘all for one’ type environment instead of people sitting around griping about what ‘the church’ isn’t doing. In addition we also have extra resources to give towards furthering His mission locally and anywhere around the world He leads us.
Ultimately we are not looking for more spectators but for those followers of Jesus sincerely interested in getting in the game.