Congregation

We believe that New Testament pattern of church polity is for the congregation to have final authority on all matters of church life. When it comes to electing leadership, admitting or dismissing members, clarifying doctrine, and affirming the public ministry of the Word, it is the congregation that has final responsibility before God for these matters (Matthew 18; 1 Corinthians 5; Galatians 1; 2 Timothy 4). However, this congregational authority is to be exercised in a context of love, where leaders lovingly shepherd the congregation, where members care for one another, and where the truth is being spoken in love (Ephesians 4). Our prayer is that our congregation would exercise authority with gravity, even while we live together as a church in gladness. Therefore, we carry out this responsibility by being involved in one another’s lives, holding quarterly congregational meetings, and committing ourselves to the gathering of the church.