The nursery is available during both Sunday School and the Worship Service.
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ARTICLE 1                                                                                               Amended on 3/14/2021

The name of this organization shall be the Arlington Memorial Baptist Church, formerly known as the Arlington Street Baptist Church. This Church was founded in 1906 by members from the Akron First Baptist Church. Hereafter, the word Church shall mean the Arlington Memorial Baptist Church.


Our purpose is to pursue Jesus’ command stated in Matthew 28:18-20. We desire to impact lives in our community and throughout the world by helping individuals discover and grow in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. To accomplish our mission, we strive to provide:

  1.     Christ-centered inspirational worship opportunities

  2.     Innovative opportunities for local evangelism and global mission outreach

  3.     Enriching programs for discipleship, Biblical education and Christian fellowship

  4.     Ample opportunities for Christian service and giving

  5.     Adequate leadership, both paid and volunteer, funds, and facilities


  • Scriptures: We believe that the Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments, is inspired in each word and in total by God, is inerrant in the original writings, and is of supreme and final authority (Matt 5:18, II Tim 3:16; II Peter 1:21).

  • Trinity: We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit--three in one and co-equal. In each person of the Triune Godhead, God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere (Deut 6:4; Matt 19:26, 28:19; John 14:9-26, 15:26; I Cor 8:6; II Cor 13:14; I Peter 1:2; Ps 139:7-8, 47:4-5).

  • The Fatherhood of God: We believe that God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, is the Father of all creation, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and the eternal spiritual Father of all who believe in Jesus Christ (Eph 3:14-15; Heb 12:9; I Cor 8:6; Eph 1:3; John 3:16; Is 9:6; Col 1:15; Matt 3:17, 11:27; John 1:12-13; Gal 3:26; Eph 2:19, 3:14-15, 5:1; Rom 8:16-17).

  • Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, is the image of the invisible God. He existed with God the Father in eternity past and He created and sustains all things. He came into the world in human flesh, begotten of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He came to minister as Prophet, Priest and King. Jesus Christ died for our sins and all who receive Him thereby receive forgiveness through His shed blood. He arose physically from the dead, ascended into Heaven, where He is now interceding as our High Priest and Advocate at the right hand of God (Col 1:15; John 1:3, 3:16; Phil 2:5-8; Matt 1:18-25; Acts 3:22-23; Heb 9:11-12; Col 1:13, 16-17; Matt 2:2, 16:28; I Peter 2:24; I Cor 15:1-4; Eph 5:2; John 1:12; Rom 5:1; Luke 24; Heb 4:14-16; I John 2:1).

  • The Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, was sent by God the Father to regenerate, indwell, sanctify and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ; and to give them power for preaching, teaching and witnessing of the Gospel. All believers are baptized by the Spirit at the point of regeneration. The Spirit bears witness with believers of their salvation and guides them into all truth.  The Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. The Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:3-7, 14:16-17, 16:8-14; Titus 3:5; II Thess 2:12; Acts 1:8, 20:28; I Cor 12:13; Rom 8:16).

  • Man and Sin: We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned against God, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death which is separation from God. The sin nature came into the human race with Adam's disobedience and has been passed on to all people, with the exception of the Lord Jesus Christ who was born not of the seed of man but of God. Man is not accountable for the nature he has, but he does become accountable for the sin he personally commits (Gen 1:26-27, 3; Rom 3:10, 23, 5:12, 6:23; Is 59:2; Rev 20:14-15; II Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; II Sam 12:23; Num 14:29, 31; Deut 1:39; Jonah 4:11; Is 7:16).

  • Salvation: We believe that eternal salvation is available to everyone who receives the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior by trusting in Him alone as God, in the flesh, who died on the cross, was buried and three days later was raised from the dead. At the moment we receive Christ, we are born again of the Holy Spirit, become children of God, heirs of eternal life, and are eternally secure (John 1:12, 5:24, 10:28, 3:3-17, 10:9-10; Eph 1:13, 2:8-9, 4:30; Acts 4:12; I Thess 5:9).

  • Second Coming: We believe in the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation, pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ for believers--referred to in Scripture as the Blessed Hope and referred to by believers as the Rapture (Titus 2:13; I Thess 1:10, 4:13-18, 6:3, 17; I Cor 15:51-55; Acts 1:11; Rev 22:20; John 14:1-3;  Jude 14, 15; Rev 19:8, 14).

  • Fate of Saved and Unsaved: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust – those justified in Christ to spend a joyous eternity in God's presence and the unjust to experience everlasting conscious suffering in the Lake of Fire (I Thess 4:13-18; I Cor 2:9, 15:51-58; Dan 12:1-3; II Cor 5:8; John 14:1-3; II Thess 1:8-9; Matt 25:30; Luke 16:19-31; Rev 10-15, 14:10-13, 20:4-6, 21 and 22).

  • Satan: We believe in the existence of Satan, a fallen angel created by God, who is working in the world to destroy the souls of men; and we further believe that he and all his fallen angels (demons) and all who do not receive Christ as their Savior will be eternally tormented in the Lake of Fire (Is 14:12-17; Job 1:6-12; Rev 12:7-9, 20:10-15; Eph 2:2, 6:10-12; John 8:44; I Peter 5:8).

  • Biblical Institutions

    • Church: We believe in the Church, the body of Christ, which is made up of all born-again believers, baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body at the point of salvation, Christ being the Head. The Church's mission is to be witnesses of Jesus Christ, making disciples through teaching and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world. The work of the Church is provided for by God through the tithes and love gifts of God's people who give as God has prospered them (I Cor 12:12-13, 27, 16:2; I Peter 2:5; Matt 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47-48; Acts 1:8, 2:41,47, 6:1,7, 11:26,29).

    • Marriage: We believe that the Bible defines and describes marriage to be between one naturally born man (husband) and one naturally born woman (wife) until death separates them; and it is not a Biblical principal for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband at the same time  (Gen 2:24; Mal 2:15; Matt 19:5-6; 1 Cor 7:1-40; Eph 5:22-33; Heb 13:4).

    • Family Members: We believe that the Bible defines and describes family members as follows:

      • Husbands: one person born as a male married to one person born as a female (Gen 2:20-24; Eph 5:22-23; 1 Peter 3:7)

      • Wives: one person born as a female married to one person born as a male (1 Peter 3:1-7)

      • Birth or Adoptive Custodial Parents (Prov 22:6; Deut 6:1-9; Eph 6:4)

      • Children (Deut 5:16; Eph 6:1-3; Ps 127:3-5; Prov 17:6)

    • Government: We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of all human society; and that governing authorities are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, as taught in the Scriptures, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and who is the King of all Kings. 

      • Authority (1 Peter 2:13-25; Deut 16:18; 1 Sam 23:2-3; Exod 18:23; Jer 30:21; Matt 10:28, 22:21, 23:10; Titus 3:1;  1 Tim 2:1-8; Dan 3:15-18; 6:7-10; Acts 4:18-20, 5:29; Rom 14:4, 14:9-13; Rev 19:16; Ps 2, 72:11)

      • Taxes (Matt 22:15-22; Rom 13:1-7)


  • Congregational Ordinances: We believe that the following ordinances given by our Lord Jesus should be faithfully obeyed:

    • Baptism by immersion following conversion (Matt 3:16, 28:19; Acts 2:38)

    • The Lord's Table (communion) (I Cor 11:23-29)

    • The assembly of believers (meeting together) (Heb 10:23-25; 1 Cor 14:26-40)

    • Loving one another (John 15:17; Matt 18:15-20; Gal 6:2, 10; James 1:27, 5:16)

    • The pursuit of the great commission (Matt 28:18-20)

  • Congregational Covenant: Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ. We commit ourselves, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit:

    • To walk together in Christian love.

    • To strive for the advancement of this Church body’s purpose in knowledge, holiness, and care.

    • To promote its prosperity and spirituality.

    • To sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and Biblical doctrines. 

    • To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of this ministry, the expenses of the Church including the financial support of the paid staff, facilities and properties, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

    • To maintain family and private times of Bible study, prayer and meditation. 

    • To scripturally educate our children.

    • To seek the salvation of our family members, friends, and acquaintances.

    • To walk circumspectly in the world.

    • To be just in our dealings. 

    • To be faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our conduct. 

    • To avoid any attitudes and actions which are not in keeping with the commands and principles of the Word of God.

    • To be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.  

    • To commit ourselves to watch over one another in brotherly love. 

    • To remember each other in prayer. 

    • To aid each other in sickness and in distress. 

    • To cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling, and courtesy in speech. 

    • To be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the teaching of our Savior to secure it without delay.  

    • To commit that if the Holy Spirit leads us away from this fellowship, we will--as soon as possible--communicate this decision with the Church Elders and unite with some other Bible-Believing church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.


  • Qualifications of Members: To become a member of Arlington Memorial Baptist Church, a person must have accepted Jesus Christ, as outlined in the Essential Bible Doctrines, Article 3, pertaining to Salvation, as his/her personal Savior and have been baptized by immersion following conversion in obedience to His command. New members may be received on recommendation of the Elder Board and by affirmation of the Congregation at any meeting of the Church. The applicant must be:

    • In agreement with our Essential Bible Doctrines, Article 3. 

    • Living in obedience to the Biblical Ordinances and Membership Covenant. 

    • Respectful of the Biblical doctrinal positions and practices of the Church. 

    • Sixteen years of age or older.

  • Discipline of Members: The purpose of church discipline is to effect a return to a Biblical standard of conduct and doctrine in a member who errs to maintain purity in the local church and to deter sin.  Any member of this church who teaches or insists on holding false doctrine, or persistently conducts himself or herself in a manner inconsistent with Biblical teaching, or who persists in disturbing the unity or peace of the church shall be disciplined according to Matthew 18:15-18 and II Corinthians 2: 5-11 (Gal 6:1; I Cor 5:6; I Tim 5:20).

  • Termination of Membership: Membership may be terminated in one of seven ways:  

    • By physical death

    • By Letter of Transfer to another Bible-believing church

    • By voluntary withdrawal

    • By teaching or practicing a doctrine foreign to our Essential Bible Doctrines, Article 3

    • By choosing not to obey our Lord’s commands as listed in The Ordinances, Article 4

    • By not being united with the congregation in participating in the Members Covenant, Article 4

    • By revocation according to Matthew 18:15-20. In matters of revocation for unbiblical conduct, the matter must be decided by the Elder Board and communicated appropriately to the congregation.

  • Membership Responsibilities: Responsibilities specifically reserved to the Church members as a congregation include:

    • Verbal Affirmation: By way of verbal affirmation: a majority vote response to the question of, “all in favor say yes or those opposed say no.” Any member who is unable to affirm a decision is invited to discuss his/her concerns with the Elder Board within five days.

      • The verbal affirmation of “renewing Elders”

      • The verbal affirmation of officers and board members

      • The verbal affirmation of the licensing and ordination of ministers and Elders

      • The verbal affirmation of an annual budget (or subsequent revisions) for expenditures of Church funds

      • The verbal affirmation for acceptance of new members

    • Ballot Voting

      • Members will be notified at least two weeks prior to any meeting where voting is to take place.

      • By way of voting using a ballot with a 2/3 passing vote:

        • The election of “new Elders” and returning Elders from a break 

        • The call and/or dismissal of the Lead Pastor

        • The approval of additions or corrections to amendments to the Church Constitution

        • A change in denominational affiliation

        • The sale, purchase, transfer, mortgaging, or long-term lease of real estate property at the recommendation of the Elder Board

      • Quorum

        • Twenty-five percent of all active members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business. 

        • Members must be present at the meeting.


  • Purpose and Qualifications: Men of God chosen to shepherd, oversee, guard doctrine and guide the church according to the will of the Lord as given through His Word. The Elder Board’s focus will be on intended long-term effects, not on the daily administration of those effects. The Elder Board will produce a relationship between itself and the congregation.  An Elder must represent loyalty, which does not conflict with the interests of the congregation. An Elder must be a member of the Church and meet the Biblical Qualifications of I Tim 3:1-7, Acts 6:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

  • Selection Process, Accountability, and Term

    • General: An Elder is defined as actively serving on the Elder Board. The Elder Board shall be comprised of not less than three men who satisfy the qualification of Elders. The Elders shall include the Lead Pastor and at least two Lay Elders. Additional Elders may be added as necessary to oversee the work of the church. The Elder leadership team must always include a majority of Lay Elders.

    • Selection: The existing Elder Board will lead the selection of new Elders. The procedure for selecting Elders is not an election. The procedure is a process of selection under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The role of the congregation is to identify and communicate to the existing Elder Board potential candidates for Eldership. The role of the Elder Board is to prayerfully investigate, qualify and select candidates to become new Elders. The congregation celebrates the completion of the process with affirmation of the new Elders at an exaltation celebration.

      • A member of the congregation who desires and is being led to be an Elder will present himself to the Elder Board for consideration.

      • Selection Team will exclusively be comprised of Elders.

        • New Elders or elders returning from a break will be:

          • Presented to the congregation by the Elder Board.

          • Ballot voted on by the congregation by a 2/3 majority

      • Renewing the term of an Elder will be:

        • Presented to the congregation by the Elder Board.

        • Affirmed verbally by the congregation for approval. 

      • Nominated Elders are presented to the congregation by the Elder Board at least one year before a congregational vote. This will allow the congregation time to acclimate to the nominated Elder.

      • Any individual within the congregation having reason to oppose the appointment of an Elder shall present their concern in person and in writing to an existing Elder and/or the Elder Board during the period leading up to the congregational vote, or within two days following the congregational vote.

    • Accountability: Elders must live and serve in a way that is consistent with instruction and examples provided by Scripture in all aspects of their lives as husbands, fathers, employees, neighbors and Church leaders.

      • The Elder Board will enforce upon itself whatever discipline is needed to govern with excellence.

      • An Elder must avoid conflict of interest with respect to his responsibilities. When the Elder Board is to decide upon an issue about which he has an unavoidable conflict of interest, the Elder shall excuse himself from voting. 

      • Accusation brought against an Elder by two or more witnesses will be investigated and researched by the remaining Elders and resolved according to Scripture (I Tim 5:19; Matt 18:15-18).

    • Term

      • A Lay Elder will serve a term of 3 years. At conclusion of the initial term, the Lay Elder may be renewed for a subsequent term of 3 years.

      • When possible, the terms of the Lay Elders will be staggered.

      • A Lay Elder may require a break at any point. A consecutive 6-year time of service must be followed by a mandatory 1-year break before initiating another term of service.

    • Duties: The duties of the Elders are summarized in relationship to key groups within the Church.

      • General

        • Foster continual Elder Board development including the orientation of new Elders to the Elder Board

        • Encourage and foster spiritual growth of the congregation through teaching and discipleship

        • General oversight of all areas of ministry

        • Promote and defend our Essential Bible Doctrines, Article 3

        • Provide continual written Biblical doctrinal positional practices as the Elder Board deems necessary

        • Oversee the general affairs, policy and direction of the Church

        • General oversight of all local and global missions

        • The Elder Board will select the Chairman of the Elder Board.

        • The Elder Board will determine the Lead Pastor’s benefit package, vacation and time away.

        • The Elder Board is committed to unity (Eph 4:3). Within the Elder Board, all matters are discussed until everyone comes to a consensus agreement. If the Board is unable to reach consensus, the question will be tabled until the next formal Board meeting, when the matter will again be considered. At that time, after thorough discussion and prayer; if no more than 33 1/3 percent are opposed to the question; it shall be considered adopted. All Elders are then committed to supporting the position.

        • The Elder Board may create subcommittees.

          • The subcommittees may not speak or act for the Elder Board except when formally given such authority for specific time-limited purposes. 

          • The subcommittees cannot exercise authority over staff. 

      • Financial Plans and Budgeting: The Elder Board shall not cause or allow deviation from good stewardship principles, prudent financial management, or policies that affect long-term strategies of the Church.  Accordingly, the Elder Board shall not:

        • Expend more funds than are available in the fiscal year to date.

        • Fail to settle payroll and debts in a timely manner.

        • Move dedicated funds between accounts that would materially degrade policies.

        • Allow tax payments or other government-ordered payments or filings to be overdue or inaccurately filed.

        • Authorize a single capital purchase of greater than $20,000 or make a commitment of any kind of greater than $7,500 other than budgeted personnel actions.

        • Authorize the sale, purchase, transfer, mortgaging or long-term lease of real estate property.

        • The Elder Board ultimately has the responsibility of financial integrity.

      • Congregation

        • Approving membership (The Elder Board shall have full authority to keep the Church membership roll revised in keeping with Article 5)

        • Discipling and spiritual growth

        • Equipping for ministry and evangelism

        • Overseeing Church discipline

        • Shepherding

      • Lead Pastor

        • Elder leadership shall be responsible for leading the search and selection of Lead Pastor candidates, as described in the Lead Pastor section.

        • The Lead Pastor will be the first among equals.

        • The Lead Pastor will be accountable to the Elder Board in terms of spiritual walk and leadership.

        • The Lead Pastor will help determine staff compensation within the context of the general budget process.

      • Role of the Elder Board Chairman

        • The Elder Board Chairman’s responsibility is to work with the Lead Pastor, if he is not the same, and to hold the Elder Board accountable to its own qualifications and duties, delineations in the Scripture, and the Church Constitution.  In addition, to ensure that the Elder Board behaves consistently with its own rules and those legitimately imposed upon it.

        • Meeting discussion content will consist of those issues that clearly belong to the Elder Board in accordance with this document.

        • Any Elder may request an item be included on the agenda of the next meeting. The agenda will be prepared and distributed by the Elder Board Chairman.

        • The Elder Board Chairman will assure deliberation is fair, open, thorough and timely.

        • The authority of the Elder Board Chairman consists of making decisions that fall within topics covered by Elder Board policies.

        • The Elder Board Chairman is empowered to chair Elder Board meetings with the commonly accepted power of that position (e.g., ruling, recognizing).

        • The Elder Board Chairman has no authority to overrule or alter decisions about policies created by the Elder Board.

        • The Elder Board Chairman may represent the Elder Board to outside parties in announcing Elder Board stated positions and stating chair decisions and interpretations within the area delegated to him.

        • The Elder Board Chairman may delegate his authority but remains accountable for its use.

      • Associate Pastor/Other Ministerial

        • All staffing related responsibilities will be the primary responsibility of the Lead Pastor. This will include, but not limited to, staffing decisions, evaluation, and compensation within the context of the general budget process.

        • Decisions related to staffing and compensation will be presented to the Elder Board for consideration. A 2/3 majority of the Elder leadership team will be necessary to overrule the Lead Pastor’s decision.

      • Deacons: The Elders will be responsible for organizing and delegating to the Deacon Board tasks related to the operation of the Church including:

        • Administration of Church finances

        • Caring for and maintaining Church property (Trustees)

        • Practical care and welfare of the congregation

  1. Unexpected Elder Vacancy: (Approved Amendment – 3/14/2021)

a) If an Elder Board vacancy occurs resulting in a minority or absence of Lay Elders to Staff

          Elders (paid pastors):

      i      The congregation will be notified.

      ii     The Elders will begin the Biblical and Constitutional process of calling and training

               qualified elder candidates as available in accordance with Section B.2

      iii     The Elders will continue to fulfill their duties to the greatest extent

                practical in accordance with Biblical and constitutional directives until

                such time that the Elder Board satisfies the conditions set forth in Section B.1 


b) If there is no Lead Pastor, but there remains only one active staff Elder  (paid Pastor), or only

    one active Lay Elder:

  1. The remaining Elder will notify the congregation.

  2. The remaining Elder will begin the Biblical and constitutional process of calling for and training qualified elder candidates as available in accordance with Section B.2.

  3. The remaining Elder will continue to fulfill their duties in accordance with Biblical and constitutional directives until such time that the Elder Board satisfies the conditions set forth in Section B.1.

  4. The remaining Elder will initiate the creation of a Lead Pastor search team in accordance with Article 6, Section B.5, a-General, xi, and d. Lead Pastor. -i.


c) If the Lead Pastor is the only active elder:

  1. The Lead Pastor will notify the Congregation.

  2. The Lead Pastor will begin the Biblical and constitutional process of calling for and training elder candidates as available in accordance with Section B.2.

  3. The Lead Pastor will continue to fulfill his duties in accordance with Biblical and constitutional directives until such time that the Elder Board satisfies the conditions set forth in Section B.1.

d) If there is no Lead Pastor or Lay Elders:

  1. The Deacon Board will seek out and identify elder candidates that meet the qualifications outlined in Article 6, Section A.

  2. The Deacon Board will assume the duties of the Lead Pastor outlined in Article 7, Section B.2 until elders have been approved by the congregation in accordance with Article 5, Section D.2.


  • Qualifications (As outlined in I Tim 3:1-12, Titus 1:5-16)

    • A male

    • Shall have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior

    • Should have a history of shepherding God’s people (I Peter 5:1-4)

    • Have satisfied requirements of theological standing

  • Additional Qualifications: All ordinances relating to Elder Board shall apply to the Lead Pastor in addition to the following:

    • Call/Termination/Retirement/Resignation

      • Call to Service: When the position of the Lead Pastor becomes vacant it shall be the duty of the existing Elders to lead the search for a successor and fill the pulpit during the interim. When such a man is found, along with the unanimous approval of the Elders, he shall be recommended to the congregation for their approval. Two-Thirds of the voting membership is required for approval. The candidate shall be announced at a duly called meeting of the congregational membership and a formal vote shall follow no sooner than two Sundays following.

      • Termination: The Lead Pastor’s ministry shall be terminated with a unanimous approval of the Lay Elders and a 2/3 majority approval of the congregation.

      • Resignation: Upon his decision to resign from his position, the Lead Pastor shall first submit his written request to the Elder Board at least one month in advance. It is the responsibility of the Elders to inform the congregation.

      • Retirement: Upon his decision to retire from his position, the Lead Pastor shall first submit his written request to the Elder Board at least three months in advance.

    • Duties/Responsibilities

      • He shall exercise all of the duties charged to the Elder Board (Acts 20:17, 18; I Tim 5:17; Heb 13:17; I Peter 5:1-3).

      • He shall devote his time to prayer and the studying of the Word (Acts 6:4).

      • He shall teach the Word (Eph 4:11; I Tim 3:2).

      • He shall protect the Church from false teachers and doctrines (Titus 1:9).

      • He shall administrate and manage the functions and ministries of the Church including all paid staff and volunteers.

      • All full-time or part-time assistants, associate pastors, or other ministerial staff members shall work under the direct supervision of the Lead Pastor and within the job description designed for the particular position.

      • He shall care for people in the Church (1 Peter 5:2-3).

      • He shall ensure the administration of the sacraments of communion and baptism.

      • He shall be licensed and have the full authority of the Church to conduct weddings, funerals, and dedications.

      • He shall provide Biblical counsel to the Church in all matters of or relating to Christian living.

      • He shall, in conjunction with the Elders, develop and maintain discipleship training.

      • He shall, in conjunction with the Elders, actively seek out and train Biblically qualified Christian men who aspire to be Elders and Biblically qualified men and women who aspire to be Deacons and teachers.

      • He shall, in conjunction with the Elder Board, develop and execute the vision and mission of the Church.

      • He shall be the principal communicator of the will of the Elder Board.


  • Qualifications: Members of the congregation who qualify for the position of Deacon and who have been a member of the Church for a minimum of one year, shall be men or women (I Tim 2:12) who possess the Biblical qualifications outlined in I Tim 3:8-12, Acts 6:1-7 and Rom 16:1-2.

  • Appointment: Deacons shall be appointed by the Elder Board and affirmed by the congregation.

  • Duties: Deacon shall be an office of service by which they will aid the Elders as may be required in everything pertaining to the practical care and welfare of the Church. Their special responsibility is to relieve the Elders of all ministries of mercy so the Elders can give themselves to the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:1-4; I Tim. 5:9-10; James 1:27). These duties may include but are not limited to:

    • Providing aid in times of crisis or distress.

    • Being responsible for the greeting and welcoming ministries of the Church.

    • Assisting in the ordinances of the Church.

    • Assisting in fellowship gatherings of the Church.

    • Caring for and maintaining Church property.

    • Administration of the Church finances.

    • Overseeing of the Food Cupboard Ministry.

  • Organization: The Deacons shall organize themselves to best achieve the directives of the Elder Board and the mission of the Church. The Deacons are empowered to create temporary and/or standing committees in assisting in responsibilities.  Meetings of the Deacons or subcommittees thereof shall be held as needed to best fulfill their responsibilities.

  • Term: A Deacon will serve an initial term of three years. At the conclusion of each term, a Deacon may be renewed for a subsequent term of three years. When possible, the terms of a Deacon will be staggered. A Deacon may require a break at any point.  A consecutive six-year term of service must be followed by a mandatory one year break before initiating another term of service.

  • Accountability: Deacons shall be accountable to hold true to the Word of God in similar fashion to Elders (see Article 6). The Deacons shall directly report to the Elders and receive responsibilities directly from them. 

Footnote:  The committee utilized the following Bible translations:  New International Version (1984), New American Standard Bible (1999), King James and New Living Translation