The Board of Elders oversees the spiritual welfare of the Church and is responsible for doctrinal purity. Duties include advising and counseling small groups, committees, Ministry Directors and Pastoral Staff in matters of a spiritual nature, leading public services, evaluating the teaching pastor, providing spiritual oversight to pastoral staff and ministry heads, evaluating the direction of the church, recommend the hiring of staff, and measuring the needs for programs and assigning priority. Other duties include, evaluating effectiveness of the church strategy, advising on disciplinary matters, being an example for the church, teaching and exhorting, selecting deacons and deaconesses and praying for the church and its congregation.
There are eight to thirteen members – the Congregation elects nine of these members, another four may be chosen from the Pastors of the Church, by those elected.
Members: One to three years (no more than six consecutive years), staggered terms.
Pastors: One year, without limitation to consecutive years of service. Two of the elected members of the Elders shall also serve as members of the General Board.
Geoff Cornwall, Chair
Deacons and Deaconesses
Deacons and Deaconesses care for the basic necessities of the church body by functioning as servants of the church, especially in temporal matters. With the assistance of the Caring Ministries staff, deacons and deaconesses are involved in visiting the sick, meeting financial needs through the benevolence fund, and addressing needs that arise from emergencies, unusual pressures, and stress. They seek to make contact with those who are infrequent in church attendance and seek to regularly pray for all those with specific prayer needs. Deacons and deaconesses may be tasked by the Elder Board in regard to other specific duties or functions as determined by the needs and ministry of the church.
There are fourteen to eighteen members, nominated by the nominating team and approved individually by the congregation. The total composition must be a minimum of 40% male and 40% female. They are to meet the qualifications outlined in 1 Timothy 3:8-12.
Each member will serve a 2-year term, renewable a maximum of twice consecutively, with member terms staggered at approximately half renewed each year.