Our Church Governance
Throughout the New Testament, principles of church leadership point to a central theme - plurality. As modeled by scripture, Faith Christian Community church is led by a plurality of leaders known as elders, that are comprised of members selected from the church body, and up to three staff elders, called pastors, that make up the staff leadership team (SLT). This plurality of elders provides a healthy checks-and-balances of leadership direction, financial accountability, spiritual guidance, and ministry implementation.
Faith Christian Community elders provide spiritual oversight, vision, direction, and leadership of the church and its mission, entrusting the implementation of that mission to staff leadership, including deacons and deaconesses, who are supported by ministry staff. Staff leadership is accountable for following the elder’s vision and direction, and executing the mission. This system of organizational leadership, known as Polity Governance, allows the elders to focus on their biblical mandate to lead and shepherd the church, while allowing staff leadership the opportunity to maximize the use of their gifts and talents as they lead their respective ministries in accordance with the vision and mission provided by the elders.
The tasks and responsibilities of the elders require discernment as they strive to keep the church on a biblical course. The elders tackle key issues facing the church.
Ensure the overall vision and mission of the church reflects the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20
Approve policies defining church values and biblical operating procedures
Ensure the church’s teachings and practices reflect accurate biblical theology
Assure avenues for pastoral care, conflict resolution, discipline, and restoration
Provide direction and approval on financial or risk-management issues
Assure continuity and alignment between the church, The Center, and the Faith Daycare & Learning Center
Provide staff elder (pastor) oversight, to ensure the values are adhered to, vision is being followed, and mission is being carried out
Statement of Faith
This Statement of Faith affirms Faith Christian Community's commitment to sound biblical doctrine and to the core beliefs to which it is committed. Christianity involves essential truths which are taught in Sacred Scripture, and are meant to embody our faith and guide our lives. These truths – which reveal the nature, character, work, and promises of God in the gospel – form the foundation of our faith and the center of our fellowship.
We believe the 66 books of the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
2 Tim. 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Matt. 5:17, 18; John 10:34, 35; 1 Cor. 14:37; Ps. 19:7-11
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Tim. 1:17; 6:15, 16; Daniel 4:34, 35; Isa. 44:6, 8; 45:5, 21; Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; John 1:1, 14
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
John 1:1, 2, 14-18; Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:34, 35; Heb. 1:2, 3, 8-12; 4:15; 7:26; Col. 1:15-19; 2:9; 1 John 2:2; 4:14; John 3:16; Isa. 53:3-6; Matt. 20:28; 1 Peter 4:18; Rom. 3:23-26; Heb. 7:26, 27; 10:5-12; Matt. 28:1-6; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-29; Acts 1:3, 8-11; 2 Tim. 2:8; 1 Cor. 15:1-11; Heb.2:14, 15; Rev. 1:17, 18; Rom. 5:6-11; Rom.8:34; Heb.7:23-25; Eph. 1:19-23; Col. 1:15-20; Rev. 5:1-14
We believe humans were created in God's image to enjoy His fellowship and fulfill His will. However, since humans chose sin and desired other things more than God, all are spiritually dead apart from Jesus Christ. This condition is inherited by all upon birth, as everyone is born with a sin nature.
Genesis 1:25-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12
We believe regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man.
Titus 3:4, 5; Gal. 3:10-14; Rom. 8:3, 4; Gal. 4:4-7; Rom. 8:1-8, 14-17; Heb. 10:12-18
We believe the indwelling by the Holy Spirit is the only way a Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
Rom. 8:1-16; Gal. 5:16-25; 1 Peter 1:2; Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:18-20; Col. 3:16, 17; Jude 1:1, 1:20-24; 1 Thess. 5:23, 24.
We believe in the spiritual and bodily resurrection of all. The saved will live eternally with God – the unsaved will live eternally separated from God in damnation.
Matt. 24:29-31; John 5:28, 29; 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; Rom. 8:18-25; 13:11, 12; 1 Cor. 15:20-58; 2 Cor. 4:16-5:10; Phil. 3:20, 21; 1 Thess. 4:13-5:11; 2 Thess. 1:5-12; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:3-9; 2 Peter 3:8-13; 1 John 3:2, 3; Jude 1:24, 25; Rev. 1:7; 10; 20-22.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matt. 16:18; 28:19, 20; Acts 2:40-47; 13:1-3; 14:27; 15:41; 1 Cor. 1:2; Gal. 1:2; Col. 4:16; 1 Cor.12:12; Eph. 4:8-13; 2 Tim. 2:2; Heb.3:12, 13; 10:23-25; 1 Tim. 2:8; Acts 20:28-31; 1 Peter 5:1-5; 1 Thess. 5:12-14; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Rom. 12:3-13.
We believe we have an obligation to love one another.
I John 2:10, 3:11, 4:7 & 21