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Church Governance

A Biblical Model of Church Leadership – Throughout the New Testament, principles of church leadership point to a central theme: plurality. The church is to be led by a plurality of godly leaders. By relying on consensual agreement of godly male Elders/Trustees selected from the congregation, the church creates healthy checks-and-balances of leadership direction, financial accountability, spiritual guidance, and ministry implementation.

A Grace Place Church plans to implement these biblical principles in its leadership structure. A strategy of biblically based policies and guidelines within its Elder/Trustee board and ministry leader’s guide’s ministry decisions and ensure that a healthy, God-honouring implementation of leadership and pastoral care is carried out.

A Grace Place Church has been blessed by godly leadership from the Board of Trustees whose heart beats for the kingdom of God as expressed through the local church. We look to the future with confidence, thanks to the servant leadership this team of seasoned Christ followers provides.

The Elders will provide spiritual oversight, direction, and leadership for the overall church, entrusting the implementation of that direction to Pastor(s), ministry leaders and staff, under the leadership of Elders. Senior staff leadership is held accountable for fulfilling the Elder board’s direction.

This system of organizational leadership, known as Church Governance, allows the Elders/Trustees to focus their gifts and time on their biblical mandate to lead and shepherd the church, while allowing ministry leaders (staff) the opportunity to maximize their gifts and talents as they lead their ministries and make practical decisions on how to implement and carry out the direction provided by the Elders/Trustees.

How are Elders selected?

The Elders, who will serve as representatives of the church, will be nominated by a Pastor or Board Member and will undergo a prayerful screening, interview, and approval process and shall require a unanimous approval of the existing Board of Elders/Trustees. Approved candidates are then presented to the Elder Board who has a 30-day opportunity to express any concerns directly to a nominated Elder candidate, utilizing the principles for conflict resolution that Jesus taught in Matthew 18. Once approved, Elder nominees will be presented to the congregation for prayer and recognition.

Elders will serve a staggered three-year term. Elders are not paid staff; they serve as volunteers. The completed Elder board consists of up to 12 Elders. A pastor serves as a key link between the Elder board and the staff. Each member of the Elder board has equal voice to the system of consensual agreement on the team. The Elder Board will select it’s Chairman.

What will be the responsibility of the Elders?

The tasks and responsibilities of the Elders vary greatly and require discernment as the board strives to keep the church on its biblical course. The Elder board will tackle key issues facing the church. These include:

  • Determining the overall vision and future direction of the church.
  • Creating policies to define clearly church values and biblical operating procedures.
  • Ensuring the church’s teachings and practices reflect accurate biblical theology.
  • Providing avenues for pastoral care, conflict resolution, discipline, and restoration.
  • Providing direction on financial or risk-management issues.

Church Business Meetings:

A Grace Place Church will hold two (2) Business Meetings each year. One in May or June and the second meeting will be in October or November. Content of that meeting will include the Financial Position of A Grace Place Church; Staffing needs, Ministry updates and coming years Ministry Plans. A simple majority of the Elder Board will be required to establish the Semi-annual Business Meeting. All Elder Board Meetings are open to the church members/attenders except when staff, personnel, or disciplinary actions are being discussed.

Removal of an Elder Board member:

The removal of an Elder from the Board is a serious matter and should be held with the strictest of confidentiality. Only a Pastor along with the Elder Chairman will meet to prayerfully consider the circumstances and if removal is found necessary will bring their findings to the full Elder Board where a simple majority is required for removal.

What will the responsibilities of the Trustees?

The selection/responsibilities of the Trustees: The Trustees will select from among themselves a Chairman. Any openings thereafter will be nomination by the Trustee Chairman and approved by a unanimous vote of the full Trustee Committee. Trustees are appointed for life.

  • Trustees will have oversight and care of all local church property, buildings, and equipment in order to accomplish the mission of the church. This is done in consultation with the pastor.
  • Trustees need to engage in spiritual practices that build a relationship of attentiveness to God’s will and direction.
  • Trustees receive and administer all gifts made to the congregation, making certain that trust funds of the congregation are invested properly.
  • Bequests and gifts to endowment projects can, by direction of the Elders/Trustee, are directed to a special endowment or legacy committee. This committee will promote, invest, and distribute the proceeds from these gifts.
  • •Trustees ensure that the Articles of Incorporation of the congregation are kept up-to-date.
  • •Trustees annually review property, liability, and crime insurance coverage on church-owned property, buildings, and equipment. The team also reviews personnel insurance for protection against risk, and consults with the Pastoral team about other personnel insurance.
  • •Trustees conduct an annual accessibility audit of buildings and grounds to discover and then work toward eliminating barriers that impede full participation of all people.
  • •The term “trustees” as used in this document, may be construed to be synonymous with “director” of corporations when required to comply with law.

Revision of Church Governance:

On occasion Revision of the Church Governance may be required, when found necessary the Senior Pastor and Chairman of the Trustee Committee will be the ones to call for the Governance Revision. That call for revision will be made in a church-wide announcement with the proposed revision printed at least 30 days in advance. Results of the revision will be made public at the next Church Business Meeting.

Any changes to Church Doctrine or church assets (purchase or disposal) will require unanimous approval of the Board of Elder/Trustees.

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