JESUS SAID: "THE GREATEST AMONG YOU SHALL BE YOUR SERVANT".
We are committed to raising up leaders through equipping and empower leaders within the church in light of their character and God-given giftedness. While there are a variety of leadership roles within the church, there are a few that are clearly defined in the Bible.
Plurality of Pastors:
We are committed to providing the church with a plurality of pastoral leadership, which we believe is the model put forth in Scripture.
Throughout the scriptures we see God entrusting leadership to groups of qualified men. There is recognition that as a general rule of thumb, God’s desire is to manifest His grace upon a plurality of interdependent leaders (Acts 14:21-23). As pastors, these men are mutually accountable to one another in love, functioning within their given areas of giftedness and emphasis. We believe that humble men can and should serve together with equal authority and in subjection to one another but with freedom to identify God given roles and gifting on the team. For example, while titles are not our emphasis, these biblical gifts can lead to identifiers on a team such as teaching pastor, small groups pastor, or lead pastor.
Role of Pastors (Elders):
Pastors are men, called to lead the church, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to be examples through a life of continual growth in godliness and to shepherd God's people in His Word and ways.
In the power of the Holy Spirit shepherds are to lead the body of Christ through equipping God’s people in God’s Word for the work of the ministry. They are to be devoted to the Word of God and to Prayer and set an example in doctrine, life, and godliness for the church to follow. They are to be leaders, who are devoted to the cause of Christ, out of love for Him. (Acts 6:4; Ephesians 4:12; 1 Peter 5:1-3)
Character: Have proven and are growing in Biblical character according to the qualifications outline in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1
Competence: Have proven and are growing skills in applying God’s Word to a variety of situations and circumstances for the edification of others
Conviction: Have a deep conviction that the Word of God and the Spirit of God are the only true source of power to change an individual’s life
Care: Pastors are called to lovingly shepherd God’s people under the chief shepherd, Jesus Christ. Hence, anyone aspiring (1 Timothy 3:1) to the office, is to do so willingly, joyfully, faithfully, and not under compulsion. (1 Peter 5:1-5)
If you have any questions, please contact Dan Nelms at firstname.lastname@example.org