Jesus is Lord
Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. If we were to draw out a flow chart of our church's leadership structure, there would be but one exclusive, singular leader: Jesus. Whatever authority our church has comes from Jesus, who bore our sins on the cross and raised to new life. Whatever authority our church has is given from Jesus, who is building the church (Matt 16), who is the head of the church (Eph 4:15), is seated far above all rule and authority (Eph 1:22), in whom all things have been created (John 1:1-4, Col 1:15-16), and who is both the end and the beginning (Rev 22:12). It is our joy to make and mature disciples of Jesus, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by the authority he granted to his disciples gathered in local churches (Matt 18:15-21, 28:18-20).
Who leads the church? The church is led by a plurality of overseers which are called Elders. "Elder" is another word for "pastor" in the Bible. Pastors lead the church by overseeing the health and vision of the church. They meet regularly to pray for and oversee the church.
The New Testament gives local churches the responsiblity to care for the church's doctrine, to administrate membership and discipline, and to appoint leaders who will teach sound doctrine. Paul says that the church "builds itself up in love"; this is one way to describe the church taking part in the spiritual growth of each member of the church (Eph 4:16). It is not the pastor's job to oversee all matters of discipleship in the church. The whole church is to care for each member and the pastors are to "equip the church to do the work of the ministry" (Eph 4:12).
Every two months, members gather together for a meal and a Church Family Meeting on a Sunday evening. We renew our membership covenant aloud, hear about gospel converstaions, hand out free books, and oversee the matters of the church together.
Members of the church, in God's strength and grace, make the church go. From childcare, to worship, to setting up for Sunday services, our church members serve our guests and each other. The large part of weekly ministry in the church is done by our members out of their thankfulness for the gospel and their love for others.
The church will employ various full-time and part-time staff to help support the purpose of the church. They work along with the Sr. Pastor and Elders to help build up the church in maturity and faithfulness.
Deacons are a great gift to the church! They serve the Elders and the church in administration, to allow the Elders to give themselves to overseeing matters such as prayer and the preaching of the word of God.
To meet out leadership click on the LEADERSHIP page. We would love to hear from you if you have any questions.