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Interpreting Leadership Team and Council Forms of Government for ECC churches


See also: Ministry Flow Chart - Spanish

Ministry Flow Chart Comments

One of the most important aspects of the “Ministry Flow Chart” is defining the areas of authority.  These are listed on the left-hand column.  This “Ministry Flow Chart” assures the congregation that no one is usurping authority; and also specifies the different types of authority that are needed in a healthy church.  The secret to success is for each person to exercise his or her authority in a responsible way and in cooperation with others.

Comments About The Areas Of Authority (listed on the left side of the chart)

Jesus is the head of the church; therefore, He needs to be listed first. (Colossians 1:18,24)  As a church, we bow to His authority and we seek His will through prayer and the Word.

The Covenant has a modified form of congregational polity; therefore, it is important to list the congregation next.  However, the congregation does not have the authority to decide everything.  Only the members, present and voting at the congregational business meetings, have authority and, while members can use the bylaws to call a meeting, their authority is limited for the most part to the areas listed.

In Acts 6, the deacons were called to seek the Lord in prayer, to teach, and to guide the church.  Later, in Acts 15, the apostles determined that God’s design included incorporating Gentiles into the church.  Biblical vision for the church usually does not come from a committee, or from the whole church, it must come through the leaders God has called.  The leaders must make sure that the design for the ministry comes from God, and must make sure the people know that they love them.
The design for the church includes the vision, but it also calls for spiritual direction, pastoral care, and equipping the people for ministry.  Members of the church can contribute to the vision or design for the church; however, as a general rule the vision and the design will originate with the pastoral staff.  When vision or new ministries originate elsewhere in the church, these should be compatible with the vision of the pastoral staff.

In response to the Pastoral Staff, the elected leaders evaluate the design of the pastoral staff and approves, disapproves, or suggests alterations. 
In response to the Ministry Committees, the leaders make assignments so the ministry teams can implement the design and hears reports as to how the ministry is going.
This group develops cooperation between the staff, the committees, and the church.  They also have the responsibility of making sure that the general policies of the church are followed.  They may serve as the Pastoral Relations Committee to facilitate good communication between the pastor and the church, and to make sure the pastors= ministry is being well-received.

Here the rubber begins to meet the road.  Rather than committees, we prefer to call these “Ministry Teams.”  Committees tend to ask, “who else can we find to do the work?”  Ministry Teams ask, “how can we do the work of ministry?”  These Ministry teams are deployed to do the work of ministry.  The suggestions they have for their areas of ministry are practical because they are working in those areas, and these are relayed to the staff either directly or through the council.

This is a “Ministry Flow Chart” more than an “Organizational Chart” because it does more than simply organize “who is responsible to whom.”  This chart shows a dynamic direction of ministry originating with Christ and flowing through the church so that it can have a dynamic effect on the church and on the world.

See also: Ministry Flow Chart - Spanish


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