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  1. Leading the faith community A BIBLICAL PRIMER (4)

  2. What Leaders Do (2) The Organizational Structures and Responsibilities

  3. Reformed Church Polity & Structures There are three dominant forms of Church Polity in our church world: Episcopal: Jesus rules through his appointed servant who organizes a structure for communicating the Church’s mandate and mission (Examples: Roman Catholic Church; Eastern Orthodox Church) Presbyterian: Jesus rules through leadership teams that are identified from among the membership because of their Spiritual Gifts and passions (Examples: Reformed Church in America; Presbyterian Churches) Congregational: Jesus rules through each persons heart, and where they agree together on actions and structures, the church is created and guided (Examples: Baptist Churches; Congregational Churches) In the Reformed Church, the Consistory of a Congregation hold originating authority, with Classis (a regional grouping of churches), Regional Synods (regional groupings of Classes), and General Synod (representing all of the Classes and denominational ministries), holding delegated authority based upon common need or issues irresolvable at the Congregational level.

  4. Book of Church Order:Tasks & Responsibilities of Pastoral Leaders Teaching and Preaching The congregation’s regular rhythms of worship are essential to its healthy development of identity, purpose and mission Pastoral Leaders need to give much attention to nurturing strong congregational worship life Ministry Development and Oversight Pastoral Leaders often play a critical role in identifying a congregation’s identity and mission, and the organizational structures that will nurture both Congregational Care Because the Church is a social organism, its human needs are always changing and in need of support and care. The Pastoral Leader is usually the point person in ensuring that the social dimensions of Christ’s Body Life are addressed in meaningful ways

  5. Congregational Life and Its Expectations There are a number of dimensions of congregational life that find their primary shaping from the actions and responsibilities of the Pastoral Leader: Worship Leadership (especially preaching, teaching, scriptural vision-casting) Pastoral Care (particularly the direct pastoral care of other leaders and their families, and the establishment of appropriate pastoral care systems for the congregation as a whole Discipleship & Discipline (ensuring initiatives that call out spiritual growth and development among members, and establish criteria for godly lifestyles, including social consequences for sinful and selfish behaviors) Ministry Assessment (developing systems of oversight and monitoring of organizational functioning so that the Body of Christ might live out its fullest potential of worship and witness in its neighborhood) Vision-Casting (providing and on-going development and articulation of what Christ wants his church to be and to do)