Pastor's Blog

What Our Future Ministry Leaders Might Do

Friday, October 12, 2018

Your Church Council has completed work on an important part of the new BMBC By-laws so I thought I would share it with you. It's the section describing the Team of Elders and Team of Deacons. If approved, it will replace the current Church Council and Deacon Board. In summary, the document states that it is the responsibility of the Team of Elders, made up of spiritually qualified men only, to be devoted to the spiritual oversight and leadership of the church and her overall governance. Assisting the Elders will be a Team of Deacons made up of biblically qualified men and women. Deacons will exercise servant leadership in physical, spiritual and benevolent ministries so that no one in the church is neglected. They will also care for and visit the sick, elderly and special needs people in our church. Here is a glimpse of what this looks like from the newly approved job descriptions.

 

Team of Elders Ministry Responsibilities

 
  • Prays regularly and seeks God's will for the church
  • Be devoted to the ministries of prayer, teaching God's Word, shepherding, seeking the lost and overseeing the congregation
  • Functions as the governing body of the church using a congregational system (the collective church membership has the final authority under Christ and his Word)
  • Provides pastoral oversight and leadership alongside the Pastors for the congregation
  • Works closely with the Lead Pastor and holds him accountable in his ministry
  • Responsible for completing an annual review of the Lead Pastor
  • Provides relevant communication with the church membership
  • Responsible for an annual evaluation of the health and growth of the church
  • Seeks to keep the church on Mission and Vision, guided by the Core Values
  • Appoints people to fill vacancies in the leadership of ministry teams and committees
  • Approves new ministries and ministry leadership team leaders
  • Calls and conducts congregational business meetings
  • Develops or approves policies that affect the life and ministry of the church
  • Directly oversees the ministry of the Team of Deacons
  • Maintains a membership roll and keeps it current on an annual basis
  • Follows the approved BMBC policies in carrying out ministry responsibilities

 

Team of Deacons Ministry Responsibilities

 

  • Prays regularly and seek God's will for the church
  • Frees up the Pastors and the Team of Elders so that the Elders can devote themselves to the ministries of prayer, teaching God's Word and shepherding God's people
  • Oversees the collection and distribution of a Church Benevolent Fund
  • Appoints a leadership team to oversee the Community Food Pantry at BMBC
  • Keeps eyes and ears open to those who have spiritual or physical needs that aren't being met
  • Communicates frequently with the Team of Elders and Pastors in a variety of ways
  • Helps oversee the services of Communion and Baptism
  • Meets at least once a month, and also meets at least quarterly with the Team of Elders
  • Divides the church attendees into groups of up to 15 family units so that they can receive shepherding care through visiting people who are ill, elderly or have special needs, and those who are not under the care of a small group or Sunday School class
  • Fulfills any service ministry assignments as directed by the Team of Elders or Pastors

 

Discussion of the proposed section of the By-laws is encouraged. It will also be discussed at the church Town Hall meeting on October 28th. At our Fall Business Meeting on November 4th, the Council is looking for an affirmation of direction with a vote on the entire proposed By-laws in December.

The W's of the Leadership Retreat

Pastor's Blog

October 18, 2018

 

On Saturday, November 3rd, we are having a BMBC Leadership Retreat and all ministry leaders are invited.

 

Here are the facts:

 

What? The Leadership Retreat is an opportunity to have the ministry leaders at our church gather to hear about and talk about the continued transformation of BMBC and our various ministries.

 

Who? All ministry leaders and leadership team members are invited. This includes the leaders of our church ministries such as Christian Education, Worship, Wednesday Night Light, Youth, Pastor Search, Renewal Team, Council, Deacons, Life Groups, Kitchen, Sunday School classes, Spiritual Gifts Committee, Missions/Evangelism, Trustees, Children's Church, Communication Team, Decorating Committee, Library Committee, Social Committee, Women's Ministries, Ushers, Greeters, Nursery, etc. Pastor Charlie will be leading the retreat but will be assisted by members of our Renewal Team. If you are a team leader of a ministry and can't come, please get one or two other leaders from your team to come and report back to you.

 

When? The Retreat takes place on Saturday, November 3rd, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the meeting room of the Dillon Nature Center. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Those who attend will gain maximum benefit for themselves and their ministries if they come for the whole time.

 

Why? During the last 10 months, the Renewal Team has been seeking to help our church become healthier with a clear mission, vision and core values. These leaders have also been working on developing a "Simple Church" model and currently a disciple-making pathway to help all our ministries and members know how to be part of a church that is serious about spiritual growth by loving God, loving others and making disciples of Jesus. Now is the time to share how all this impact and help all ministries in the church. This retreat will be a call to participate in church and community transformation and will include training and coaching for ministry leaders.