“Elders lead the church [1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1–2], teach and preach the Word [1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9], protect the church from false teachers [Acts 20:17, 28–31], exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine [1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:13–17; Titus 1:9], visit the sick and pray [James 5:14; Acts 6:4], and judge doctrinal issues [Acts 15:6]. In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church”. Further, Elders (and their roles) will be defined in our Church Constitution in this way:
WindCity Church is an Elder-Led Church. Elders are appointed from within the membership of the church. Elders are called by God to perform a function, not merely hold an office or position and are responsible to care for and lead the flock through the general oversight of the church, teaching the church, protecting the church, praying for the church, equipping the church, and modeling godliness to the church. Elders will serve continuously as long as they possess the character qualities of an Elder and fulfill the standards of leadership and service. Each Elder shall be reviewed annually by the Elder team to re-evaluate character and effectiveness. Any elder may resign by written notification to the remaining Elders. Any Elder(s) may be removed with or without cause by the unanimous decision of the remaining Elders. There shall at all times be a plurality of elders with no maximum limit. The Elders shall consistently seek to identify and develop others as future Elders.
Our church will be led like a family and the Elders are the Family leaders. They will be men of prayer, praise and study. They will gather great information from the Body prior to decisions. They will excel in regard to communication to the Body and to the Community. They will seek peace. They will carry the banner of Christ above all and will hold the vision of WindCity for others to see and follow.
The Elders will perform the duties of administration and financial management for the church and will utilize an annual budget to lead WindCity Church in financial matters. This budget will be gathered prior to our Annual Members Meeting and will serve as a roadmap of ministry for the upcoming year. Elders will stay in close communication with one-another and with the faith family through an ongoing ministry plan developed together. Elders will have periodic meetings together (at least quarterly) and then may have further meetings when and if Ministry Teams are in place that fall within their area of service.
The Elders will be a band of brothers fighting the good fight of faith together in leadership of WindCity Church so that we Honor God, are led by The Holy Spirit and ultimately follow Jesus together as a faith family. Elders will hold up The Scriptures within our simple structure and strive to appoint, equip and raise up leaders to do all that God has called them to do!