Elder (Pastoral Leadership Team)

Definition

According to the New Testament, elders are responsible for the primary leadership and oversight of a church.  “Elder”, “pastor”, and “overseer” are not three different biblical offices, but rather three different words for the same office; City Park Church has elected to refer to its guiding elder body as the “Pastor Leadership Team”.  To clarify, all pastoral staff are biblically considered “elders,” however, not all on the pastoral staff will necessarily serve on the Pastor Leadership Team.


Qualifications

The Pastor Leadership Team’s qualifications are found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. The Pastor Leadership Team should include the Lead Pastor and may include other paid/unpaid pastors and other paid/unpaid leaders who are members within the church.


Function

The Pastor Leadership Team will work with the Lead Pastor to help carry out the functions and roles of leading and shepherding the church in these ways:

  1. By feeding and instructing the church body (2 Timothy 4:1-5, Titus 1:9)
  2. By leading and overseeing the church body (1 Peter 5:2-3)
  3. By loving and caring for the church body (James 5:14-15)
  4. By protecting the church body from false teaching (Acts 20:17, 28-31)
  5. By visiting the sick and praying (James 5:14, Acts 6:4)
  6. By judging doctrinal issues (Acts 15:6)


Policy

The number of Pastor Leadership Team members will be determined by the current team members.  Members of the Pastor Leadership Team will serve for an indefinite period of time.  Members of the Pastor Leadership Team shall be faithful to the services of the church, be active in a community group, and be in support of the church’s ministries. Elders shall regularly attend Pastor Leadership Team meetings and seek to maintain harmony within the fellowship of the church.  The Pastor Leadership Team is encouraged to receive requests from the church body at any time to consider candidates for addition to the team.

Potential Pastor Leadership Team members will be recommended to the church by the current Pastor Leadership Team and must be approved by a church vote. Team members will be removed by personal resignation or by a church vote.  When elected to the Pastor Leadership Team, a man who has not been ordained by a Southern Baptist Church will be ordained within 3 months after his election.  When a vacancy occurs in the Lead Pastor position, the Pastor Leadership Team will give oversight during the interim period. The team will also give oversight in identifying and recommending a new Lead Pastor. This oversight may include the formation of an ad hoc search team.