Article III

CHURCH OFFICERS

Jesus Christ is the pre-eminent and rightful head of His Church and all believers are in subjection to Him. As the Head, Jesus Christ has ordained the offices of Elder and Deacon. In addition, the Church has established the offices of Church Clerk and Church Treasurer. Other offices may be established for the benefit of the Church by the congregation affirming the recommendations of the Elders.

  1. Elders

    1. Composition The Body of Elders, which includes the Senior Pastor, shall consist of a plurality of godly men, who meet the qualifications set forth especially in 1 Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

    2. Selection

      1. The process will begin by public teaching and discussion of eldership, and explanation of the selection process.

      2. Following a two week period of prayerful consideration, forms will be distributed to members to recommend men to the Elder body. The recommendations will be tallied by the Church Clerk and Church Treasurer or other church officer if such are unavailable.

      3. Those men who have been recommended by at least 20% of the members submitting forms, who are willing and able to serve, will be interviewed by the active Elders.

      4. Those found by the Elders to be biblicaly qualified will be presented for their public testimony and interview by the church body.

      5. Following another two week period of prayerful consideration written affirmation forms submitted by church members will be tallied by the Church Clerk and the Church Treasurer or other church officer if such are unavailable.

      6. Those receiving affirmations of two-thirds (2/3) of those members submitting forms will be publicly ordained to the Elder Body, unless a scriptural disqualification becomes apparent during the affirmation process.

    3. Term of Office Elders shall serve an indefinite term; however:

      1. Elders will typically serve three years and receive a one year sabbatical before resuming official responsibilities. However, the timing and length of the sabbatical may be adjusted by the Elder Body according to the needs of the Church.

      2. an Elder may resign his office.

      3. any Elder who for any reason no longer meets the biblical qualifications for the office or who is unwilling or unable to carry out the duties of the office shall be subject to the following procedure:

        1. following review and upon recommendation by the Body of Elders, a special church conference open only to members shall be called to consider the matter. The matter shall be presented to the church body with opportunity for the Elder in question to respond.

        2. the Elders shall recommend appropriate action to the church body.

        3. upon recommendation of removal48 an Elder shall be removed by church vote. Voting shall be by written ballot and shall require two-thirds (2/3), majority of the members present and voting.

        4. once removed from office and after completing a restoration process prescribed by the Elder Body a man may be eligible to serve as an elder through the normal elder selection process.

    4. Leadership of the Body of Elders The Elder Body shall appoint administrative leadership from within the Elder Body.

    5. Responsibilities The Elders shall serve as the Trustees of the Church. As Trustees, they are empowered to: make and execute all contracts, deeds, bonds, notes, negotiable instruments, mortgages, trusts and all other instruments of indebtedness or conveyance of said corporation upon the order thereof. The title to all property, however, shall be vested in the name of the Church. In addition, the Trustees shall also have the power and responsibility to:

      1. authorize sale of any and all real property and/or tangible or intangible personal property, other than cash, received by the Church as a contribution donation or any other form of lifetime gift, or by devise or bequest under will, at such price as the Trustees deem in the best interest of the Church, provided however, that all such sales shall be for cash, and placed in the Church’s capital fund unless otherwise designated by the donor.

      2. represent the Church in any litigation brought by or against the Church.

      3. oversee the ministry and business of the Church.

      4. employ and oversee the church staff, including associate pastor(s) and other personnel.

    6. The Senior Pastor

      1. Responsibilities of the Senior Pastor To enable the Senior Pastor to devote himself to the ministry he shall be supported by the Church in a fulltime capacity. The Senior Pastor will provide spiritual direction to the Body of Elders. The Senior Pastor shall be the primary teaching elder; a great percentage of his “work time” shall be spent in the study of God’s Word. It shall be his responsibility to equip and disciple the people of God for ministry. The Senior Pastor shall be engaged in intercessory prayer for the congregation. The supervision of the church staff is the responsibility of the Senior Pastor.

      2. Call of the Senior Pastor

        1. When a pastoral vacancy occurs or is anticipated, the Body of Elders shall appoint a Pulpit Committee, including both elders and other members of the Church.

        2. The Pulpit Committee shall begin a prayerful search for the Senior Pastor. By consent of the full committee and recommendation of the Elder Body the search shall be narrowed down to one candidate. This candidate shall be thoroughly interviewed by the Pulpit Committee; by consent of the full committee the candidate shall be invited to speak to the church body. The church body shall be given opportunity to get acquainted through informal and formal interview sessions.

        3. Upon recommendation of the Pulpit Committee to extend a call to become Senior Pastor, the Church shall assemble at a special church Conference called for that purpose.

        4. The affirmative two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the members present and voting shall be necessary to call the new Pastor.

      3. Term of Office The Senior Pastor shall serve an indefinite term; however, he may resign his office or be removed from office as any other Elder under the provisions of this article.

  2. Body of Deacons

    1. Composition The Body of Deacons shall consist of a number of qualified godly men, who meet the qualifications set forth especially in I Tim. 3:8-13.

    2. Selection

      1. The process will begin by public teaching and discussion of the Diaconate and explanation of the selection process.

      2. Following a two week period of prayerful consideration, forms will be distributed to members to recommend men to the Diaconate. The recommendations will be tallied by the Church Clerk and Church Treasurer or other church officer if such are unavailable.

      3. Those men who have been recommended by at least 20% of the members submitting forms, who are willing and able to serve, will be interviewed by the active Elders.

      4. Those found by the Elders to be biblicaly qualified will be presented for their public testimony and interview by the church body.

      5. Following another two week period of prayerful consideration written affirmation forms submitted by church members will be tallied by the Church Clerk and the Church Treasurer or other church officer if such are unavailable.

      6. Those receiving affirmations of two-thirds (2/3) of those members submitting forms will be publicly ordained or installed to the Diaconate, unless a scriptural disqualification becomes apparent during the affirmation process.

    3. Term of Office Deacons shall serve an indefinite term; however:

      1. a Deacon may resign his office.

      2. Deacons will typically serve three years and receive a one-year sabbatical before resuming official responsibilities. However, the timing and length of the sabbatical may be adjusted by the Elder Body according to the needs of the church.

      3. any Deacon who for any reason no longer meets the biblical qualifications for the office or who is unwilling or unable to carry out the duties of the office shall be subject to the following procedure:

        1. following review and upon recommendation by the Body of Elders, a special church conference open only to members shall be called to consider the matter. The matter shall be presented to the church body with opportunity for the Deacon in question to respond.

        2. the Elders shall recommend appropriate action to the church body.

        3. upon recommendation of removal, a Deacon shall be removed by church vote. Voting shall be by written ballot and shall require two-thirds (2/3) majority of the members present and voting.

        4. once removed from office and after completing a restoration process prescribed by the Elder Body a man may be eligible to serve as a deacon through the normal deacon selection process.

    4. Responsibilities The role of Deacon is that of a servant.

      Each Deacon will function in two distinct roles: as a member of the Deacon Body that will care for church-wide matters assigned to them by the eldership and as part of a shepherding team caring for the needs of the flock to which they are assigned.

  3. Church Clerk

    1. Qualifications The Church Clerk shall meet the moral and spiritual qualifications as set forth in I Tim. 3:8-13.

    2. Selection and Term of OfficeThe Church Clerk shall be appointed by and serve under the direction of the Body of Elders until such time as another Church Clerk is appointed.

    3. Responsibilities

      1. Record actions of the Church at any church conference.

      2. Maintain accurate membership roll.

      3. Request Letters of Transfer for new members from other churches.

      4. Process personal requests for terminations from the Church roll and requests for Letters of Transfer to other churches.

      5. Make necessary certifications of actions of the Church sitting in conference.

      6. Attest to the corporate seat of the Church on any official document.

  4. Church Treasurer

    1. Qualifications The Church Treasurer shall meet the moral and spiritual qualifications set forth in 1 Tim. 3:8-13.

    2. Selection and Term of Office The Church Treasurer shall be appointed by and serve under the direction of the Body of Elders until such time as another Church Treasurer is appointed.

    3. Responsibilities

      1. The Church Treasurer shall have custody of the church funds and securities, shall ensure that full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements are kept in books belonging to the Church. The Church Treasurer shall ensure that all monies and other valuable effects are deposited in the name and to the credit of the Church in such depositories as may be designated by the Elders.

      2. The Church Treasurer shall reconcile all church bank accounts monthly and will supervise the preparation and administration of the monthly financial statement published by the Church. The Church Treasurer shall be responsible for making sure that annual audit of the church financial records is done by a firm outside the church membership.