Our leadership team is made up of pastors(1), elders(2) and deacons(3). This team was established during the initial launch of Servanthood Fellowship. The elder body will partner with the pastors to both lead and maintain a high level of accountability. Both major and minor decisions for the church will be discussed and decided upon by the elder body. Major business of the church will be brought before the body for fervent prayer and will be voted upon by the elders. A majority vote within the elder body is required for the approval of all decisions. In the event of a tie, the matter at hand will be tabled and re-examined at a later date. In addition, the elders will be able to rightly divide the Word of God through preaching or teaching(4). The deacon body leads by an example of service. They provide assistance to the staff, in order for the staff to attend to prayer and the ministry of The Word(5). Additional pastors, elders and deacons will be introduced to the leadership team upon a vacancy or upon determination that additions are needed. New leadership will be instituted by recommendation, discussion and a vote of the current elder body. The removal of a pastor, elder or deacon will be instituted by recommendation, discussion and a vote of the current elder body.
(1) Ephesians 4:10-12, (2) Titus 1:5-9, (3) 1 Timothy 3:8-13, (4) 1 Timothy 5:17, (5) Acts 6:1-5
At Servanthood Fellowship we do not have a body comprised of membership. Our church body is made up of a partnership. People joining in with our vision are not recognized as church members, but as ministry partners. Although it may seem to be a matter of semantics, the distinguishing between membership and partnership is a key component of our focus. Membership tends to send a message of privilege and expectation. Partnership sends a message of accountability and responsibility. We desire for the people called to partner with Servanthood Fellowship to embrace the gravity of the responsibility that God is calling them to and to recognize the accountability of being faithful to that call. We expect every partner to tithe(1) and respond in obedience to The Holy Spirit in relation to free will offerings(2). We anticipate every partner to serve The Lord as a functioning part of our church body with their time, talent and gifting(3). We imagine each partner faithful to the fellowship, refusing to forsake the assembly(4). We see each partner as a minister of the gospel(5), rather than a church volunteer, called to serve Jesus within our body and proclaim Jesus to our community and the world in general(6).
(1) Deuteronomy 14:22,Malachi 3:8-12, (2) Deuteronomy 12:5-7, 2 Chronicles 31:11-12, Nehemiah 10:37-39, Acts 5:1-11, (3) 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, (4) Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42-46, (5) 2 Corinthians 3:1-6, 1 Peter 2:4-12, (6) Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 10:14-15