Announcements, Church, Ecclesiology (Church), Leadership by Community

A Covenant Membership

At Bedford Road, we welcome everyone to worship with us. We believe that seeing God's people worshiping him is the greatest possible testament of the Gospel. That being said, we do invite people to take a step of unity and community in becoming voting members of the congregation. Personally, I wish there was a better term… Continue reading A Covenant Membership

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Church, Elder Rule, Heritage & Grace Merger, Leadership by Community

Leadership by Community, post 4

Why should we have one pastor (or more) who is paid while the rest of the elders are volunteers? That's a question I have contemplated a lot; and it is one I had to wrestle with since - well - I'm a paid pastor. Ultimately, it boils down to the New Testament. The Apostle Paul… Continue reading Leadership by Community, post 4

Church, Elder Rule, Heritage & Grace Merger, Leadership by Community

Leadership by Community, post 3

A lot of times, people will come to me or to one of the elders and ask about something. Our natural reaction is to make a decision on the spot, but in reality, we do not have that authority. Unless the leadership community has made a decision and/or invested further decisions for a specific area… Continue reading Leadership by Community, post 3

Church, Elder Rule, Heritage & Grace Merger, Leadership by Community

Leadership by Community, post 2

Elder leadership is not a committee-run church. It is also not a board, like the boards in large corporations. It is leadership by community. com·mu·ni·ty (kə-myōō'nĭ-tē) n. pl. com·mu·ni·ties a.  A group viewed as forming a distinct segment of society: the gay community; the community of color. b.  Similarity or identity: a community of interests.… Continue reading Leadership by Community, post 2

General, Leadership by Community

Leadership by Community, post 1

Someone once asked me if the way we do church leadership is 'by committee' because we have five elders who lead our church instead of having a single pastor. It struck me as an odd question, but it is a good one. Often, when you get a group of human beings together and give them… Continue reading Leadership by Community, post 1