Who Leads Crossway?
A. Jesus Christ is the Lord and head of this church, and He rules primarily through the Scriptures.
B. The Biblical offices in the church are elders and deacons. In addition to these offices, our church will recognize the administrative offices of clerk and treasurer, whose responsibilities will be outlined in these By-Laws. All officers must be members of this church prior to taking office or assuming their responsibilities (with the exception of an outside hire such as a new senior pastor). No one may hold more than one office at the same time with the exception that a deacon may hold the office of clerk or treasurer. For purposes of compliance with the nonprofit corporation laws of the state of North Carolina, one of the elders shall serve as president of the corporation and the clerk shall serve as secretary of the corporation. The elders shall serve as the board of directors and as trustees.
C. Any officer of the church who is Correctively Disciplined will also be removed from the office that he or she holds at the discretion of the elders.
- In keeping with the principles set forth in Acts 6:1-7 (the role of the twelve), 20:28-31; I Timothy 3:1-7, 5:17; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:17; James 5:14; and I Peter 5:1-4, the elders will oversee the ministry and the resources of the church. They will seek the mind of Christ through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God as they shepherd the flock of God. They will be given to prayer, study, and teaching of the Word; they will gladly and honorably shepherd the flock, teach and exhort, refute those who contradict the truth, pray for the sick, and care for the souls of the church members. Elders will also be responsible for interviewing candidates for membership, examining and recommending all prospective candidates for offices, overseeing the work of the deacons, conducting worship services, administering baptism and the Lord’s Supper, equipping the members for the work of the ministry, encouraging sound doctrine, overseeing Church Discipline, and mobilizing the church for world missions.
- The elders should be no less than two men who meet the qualifications of the office as set forth in I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9. Only men can serve as elders in accord with I Tim. 2:12, 3:2-7; Titus 1:5-9, and following the example elsewhere set forth in Scripture. All elders must be wholeheartedly in agreement with the Confession of Faith and Church Covenant. Elders may or may not be in the regular pay of the church. These men will be recognized by the church as gifted and willing to serve in this calling, and they will be received as gifts of God to the church and set apart as elders. If an insufficient number of qualified men are available then the church is not required to have two elders and should seek the leadership of a biblically qualified preaching elder, Titus 1:5. In the instance that there is only one elder, that man should actively seek, through prayer and the training of other men, to raise up additional pastors.
- An elder’s term of office may be terminated by resignation or dismissal. Any two members with reason to believe that an elder ought to be dismissed should express such concern to the elders, and, if need be, only afterwards to the congregation. Any such action ought to be done in accordance with the instructions of our Lord in Matthew 18:15-17 and I Timothy 5:17-21. An elder may be dismissed by a vote of 75% of the members at a members’ meeting of the church.
- The elders may establish ministry positions or committees to assist them in fulfilling their responsibilities without congregational approval. They may propose paid staff positions for congregational approval. The elders have the primary responsibility for the employment, supervision, evaluation, and termination of staff members, any of which they may delegate to others. Should the need arise, the elders may appoint a member to an “acting office,” excluding the office of elder. This appointment would then be subject to a congregational vote at the next members’ meeting.
- From time to time the church may grant to an elder an appropriate sabbatical, which must be passed by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at any members meeting.