Philosophy of Ministry
We believe that a biblically-based church is to be led by a plurality of duly qualified, Christ-honoring men called Elders (cf. 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; Acts 14:23; 20:17; James 5:14). These Elders (which include all ordained Pastors) are the vision casters and spiritual overseers of the local church.
We believe that a biblically-based church is to have at least one ordained Pastor, and that all ministerial staff are not called to a church for the purpose of leading it, but they are called to serve it by equipping the believers for the work of the ministry (cf. Ephesians 4:11-16). That is, the ministerial staff come alongside of the laity and enable them to identify how God has gifted them for service, while subsequently teaching them how to serve, empowering them to do so.
As the believers are being equipped for service (cf. Ephesians 4:12), they are encouraged to exercise their gifts and skills in the context of various ministries under the supervision of what we call Ministry Teams, which in turn are under the oversight of the Elders.