Gospel Community Church is blessed to be led by godly leaders who strive to lovingly serve others.
Throughout the New Testament, the senior leaders of the local church are called elders or overseers. Those two terms seem to be used interchangeably (Acts 2:25-32, 1 Peter 5:1-2) to show that the leaders of the church are to be Biblically qualified men (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1), who are accountable to each other, God’s Word, and ultimately to God. The elders are responsible to “pastor” the church that has been entrusted to them.
At GCC, the Senior Pastor is Jesus Christ and the “title” elder/pastor is used interchangeably to represent the men who lead our church. Some of our elders are paid for the time they give to the church and some are not (1 Timothy 5:17-18). Some elders are able to devote all of their time to the work of the ministry, while others balance their ministry responsibilities with other full-time jobs. Some elders/pastors serve in more prominent roles (such as teaching), while others serve in less visible, but equally important, areas of ministry (like counseling and administration). Our elders have varying levels of responsibility and authority, and each elder brings unique gifts, talents, and experiences to their role at GCC.
Functionally our Elder Team has two types of elders – Guiding Elders and Shepherding Elders. The Guiding Elders function as the Board of Directors of Gospel Community and provide oversight for the church at large, dealing with big picture issues such as the vision, direction, and operations. The Shepherding Elders help to counsel and support the Guiding Elders, and assist with the pastoral duties of the church. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with our biblical convictions regarding eldership and our functional eldership structure by reading “Eldership at Gospel Community” and browsing through our Bylaws.