Michael Daling Pastor

Our staff also includes

Joyce Smith Church Secretary

Session

The Session is the governing body of Christ’s Community Church and made up of the Ruling Elders and the Teaching Elder.

Elders

The Elders of Christ’s Community Church hold an office defined, first and foremost, by servanthood. Elders are chosen members of our congregation who have spiritual discernment, exemplary lives, charitable spirits, and wisdom grounded in God’s Word. They are set apart to study God’s Word, to oversee the household of faith, to encourage spiritual growth, to maintain loving discipline, and to provide for the proclamation of the Gospel and the celebration of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

The Teaching Elder (TE) is also called the pastor or minister. The TE preaches, teaches, and provides spiritual care for the congregation. A Ruling Elder (RE) is a member of the church called to a ministry of spiritual authority and care of the congregation. Together, the Elders are set apart to study God’s Word, to oversee the household of faith, to encourage spiritual growth, to maintain loving discipline, and to provide for the proclamation of the Gospel and the celebration of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

The Bible describes Elders in this way (see descriptions in 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5): Elders must be chaste in all relationships (especially marriage), sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, gentle, humble, patient, peaceable; neither quarrelsome, nor greedy, nor domineering, nor rebellious, nor driven by their own passions and fleshly desires. They must hold firm to the Word of God in order to give instruction in sound doctrine and rebuke those who contradict it. They must willingly and humbly shepherd God’s people given under their care and be accountable for the management of their own household and the raising of their own children in the faith. Elders must be mature believers and of good repute with those outside the faith.

Deacons

A Deacon is a member of the church ordained to a ministry of compassion, concern for the poor, and for service in the name of Christ. The Bible describes Deacons this way: Deacons are transformed disciples of Jesus who are of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and called to the ministry of a Deacon (Acts 6:1-6). Deacons must be “dignified” or “worthy of respect,” chaste in all relationships (especially marriage), and must manage their own household with integrity in accordance with the Gospel. They must not be “double-tongued,” slanderers, or gossips and so, must hold to the truth and treat others’ lives and reputations as sacred. They must demonstrate a life of repentance with regard to greed and dishonest gain, they must not submit to addiction that compromises judgment or spiritual health, and they must hold to the “mystery of the faith” with a clear conscience (1 Tim 3:9).