While Christ is the Head of the Church, the pastor is His under-shepherd. The pastor is responsible for leading the church in functioning as a New Testament, Bible-believing church. He is the spiritual leader of the congregation, and will lead the organizations and the church staff in performing their assigned tasks. He will guide in the formulation of the church’s programs, policies and activities in accordance with our Church Mission and Vision.
The pastor shall love, protect, feed and lead the flock. His primary concern is to carry out his pastoral responsibilities. He shall preach on the Lord’s Day; administer the ordinances as specified in Article V of the Constitution; visit members of the church, especially the sick, aged, or bereaved; counsel with and conduct training classes for those desiring church membership; proclaim the gospel to believers and unbelievers; and, perform such other duties as usually pertain to that office. He shall act as advisor in all phases of church life and promote the spiritual welfare of the church. He shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of all teams..
The Church at various times may deem it necessary to hire additional ministerial help in order to fulfill its mission and vision. At such times, the Board of Directors will submit a position description (i.e., Minister to Students, Minister of Music, Minister of Education, etc.) to the church at a business meeting. If approved, the Board of Directors or assigned designees shall seek a qualified candidate. When a qualified candidate is found, the church must approve the hiring at a business meeting with a 2/3 majority vote. The associate minister will be a member of the pastoral team and will serve in the areas cited in the position description.
In accordance with the meaning and the practice of the New Testament, deacons are to be servants of the church. The general duties of all deacons are as follows:
- Responsible for the church ordinances: baptism and communion
- Maintain the financial benevolent ministries of the church
- Serve as a deacon selection team when the church determines there is an unmet ministry need
- Work with the Mediation Panel in maintaining harmony and peace in the church
- Attend ministry training and discipleship classes
The Ministry Assistant shall be selected by the pastor and approved by two-thirds vote of the church. The duties shall be enumerated on a position description which shall be written by the pastor in conjunction or consultation with the personnel committee and approved by vote of the church. The Ministry Assistant shall perform the duties under the supervision of the pastor and shall serve on the pastoral team.