Our Church Government and Bylaws
|Mike Blondino||Elder - Chairman|
For more information about the legal or functional scope of elders please read our bylaws. For more Bible information on the role and requirements of elders please read: Acts 14:21-23, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, 1Peter 5:1-4.
Please contact our elders if you have any needs related to prayer, bible understanding, or ethical, moral, or private personal concerns.
|Ben Edman||Head Deacon|
For more Bible information please read: Philippians 1:1-11; I Timothy 3:8-13; Romans 16:1-2; Acts 6:1-7.
Please contact our deacons if you need assistance financially, or with other tangible needs that you can't manage (ie. repairs, moving, tapes of services, etc...).
About our Government:Lighthouse Bylaws (163.6 KB)
The government of the Lighthouse is vested in Elders. Each of our Elders are men above reproach and highly respected in and outside the church. They represent various nationalities, strong personal convictions, unique giftings and perspectives.
The only governing authority office in the New Testament is that of the Elder. The apostles in Scripture functioned in church governent only in cooperation with local elders. Direction for use of money as well as spiritual oversight was ultimately the responsibility of the elders who served Christ in caring for the church. The highest spiritual requirements in Scripture are placed upon those called to serve as elders, as well, they will be judged more stringently, and rewarded for their service.
Deacons and Deaconesses, as in Scripture are a servant ministry only. They serve for a period of 2 years and have authority as delegated to them by the Elders and pastoral staff.
Our Elder Board makes decisions by unanimous consent. This means that they are in full agreement in each choice they make. It does slow things down a little, but it has provided incredible value in working through differing views, coming to mutual submission, and helping us to wait until God clearly directs us in an endeavor. Members of the Elder Board may disagree with the Pastor, and until that matter is resolved, no actions can be taken in a disputed matter. Our view is that if we do things biblically and focus on matters clearly on the heart of God, we will tend away from vain conflict and personal agendas.
The pastor is the Chairman of the elder board. His function as chief administrator of ministries is not limited or dictated by the Elders. His role is to give oversight, training, direction, and freedom to execute vision to all departments of the church. The remaining elders, however, work with the pastor in establishing the direction, and purpose for The Lighthouse.
Support staff and pastors are not necessarily on the Elder board. Many times, staff pastors function as deacons entrusted with specific areas of the ministry as authorized by the Pastor and Elders.