The 4 Boundaries

“The Soccer Field” – a model for the ministries of the board of a church,  to distinguish that from the Sunday and daily ministries of the pastoral staff

 The Four Boundaries,  and policies or goals that can guide actions related to those

Foundations

Statement of faith

   …We will not change this,  unless a clarification is needed.
…We will have a way it is posted so anyone can see it easily.

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Boundaries For Pastor And Staff

Leaders of a local church –the senior pastor and the board — must adopt clear policies, “sand bags” to keep storms out.

Very necessary because…
…we should not trust ourselves or others, pastors and nice people included.
…the enemy seeks to hurt the church by the moral fall of its leaders.
…pastors and staff are vulnerable because they are often so trusted.
…pastors and staff are vulnerable because they honestly seek to help needy people.

…the news reports scream that policies either were not there or were broken. …Jesus Christ is Lord and to be glorified.

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Church Policy on Same-sex Attraction and Same-sex Marriage

Because of our allegiance to our Lord Jesus Christ and to the inspired Word of God, the Bible, we choose to understand and teach that marriage is a sacred covenant and commitment reserved for one woman and one man.

Our policy is to honor or officiate at only that kind of marriage.

Therefore we believe that a homosexual relationship is contrary to God’s truth and clear guidance. We will seek to love and help anyone who differs with this, Continue reading “Church Policy on Same-sex Attraction and Same-sex Marriage”

JOB DESCRIPTION for Finance Committee of the Board of the Church

Finance Committee

TO BE THE MAIN TEAM OF THE BOARD TO GIVE OVERSIGHT TO THE FINANCES AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD ABOUT BUDGET

Personnel: At least two or three members of the board, including one as chairman of finances; one to three others from the church as determined by the board; and these ex-officio members: senior pastor and chair of the board, both of whom are voting members of all church committees. Continue reading “JOB DESCRIPTION for Finance Committee of the Board of the Church”

JOB DESCRIPTION for Building/Capital Committee of the Board of the Church

Building/Capital Committee

TO BE THE MAIN TEAM OF THE BOARD TO GIVE OVERSIGHT TO THE BUILDING IMPROVEMENT AND CAPITAL BUDGET OF THE CHURCH

Personnel: At least two members of the board, including one as chair of building/capital, and one to three others from the church as determined by the board; and these ex-officio members: senior pastor and chair of the board, Continue reading “JOB DESCRIPTION for Building/Capital Committee of the Board of the Church”

Excellence Must Be Chosen For a Mid-sized Church to Grow

Some decisions to excel are tough to make, for they take you out of the “aw shucks” mode, and call for strong pastoral leadership. See if you are willing!

Senior Leadership

  • The senior leader envisions and teaches the embraceable values and purposeful mission goal for the church.
  • The speaking pastor continually improves.
  • The pastor defines the board’s role as guardianship of excellence and guidance of values rather than that of management and staff functions.
  • The pastor earns and embraces the role of senior leader of this ministry, this local church, by vision, hard smart work, and excellence.
  • The pastor makes the hard calls to improve and make excellent the work of friends on staff—either to demand a change or dismiss the person.
  • The pastor and staff choose, at least subconsciously, to “swim hard” rather than to “float,” to excel rather than to be comfortable.
  • The leader risks being a little obsessive about details of ministry, believing “the little pixels make the big picture.”  Even non-chalant strong leaders worry about small excellencies.
  • Fewer people are involved in congregational decisions.  Voting at annual membership meetings pertains to call of senior pastor, main board, budget and capital decisions, and constitution issues.  This can be hard for people who remember the small “church family” meetings.

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