Leadership and Councils Breakdown
If one were to diagram the functionality of the church, it would appear as three overlapping circles, representing the Elders, Ministry Support Team (MST), and Forum, with the Pastor serving as an Elder and attending all MST meetings. (Diagram A) outlines the responsibility of each component of our leadership.
Our elders provide spiritual leadership for our church and ensure that we are fulfilling CBC’s mission. They meet regularly to pray for CBCers and to plan and make decisions for the church. Our pastor is one of our elders. He does not have authority over them nor does he work for them as an employee. He is distinct in that he serves in a full-time, paid capacity. His primary responsibilities include preaching and teaching, training leaders, giving strategic leadership, mentoring others, and providing counsel and care.
CBC’s Elders provide spiritual leadership for our church and ensure that we are fulfilling CBC’s mission. They meet regularly to pray for CBCers and to plan and make decisions for the church. The Pastor does not have authority over the Elders, nor does he work for them as an employee.
Ministry Support Team (MST)
Our MST provides organizational support for CBC’s ministries, helping
each to effectively contribute to our church’s mission. The MST oversees the areas of finances, building & grounds, Christian education, worship, missions & outreach, community, and leadership nominations. Six of our MST members also serve as CBC’s legal trustees.
The Forum is our quarterly congregational meeting where our members elect Elders and MS members, communicate about important church matters, and make major decisions together (such as approving budgets, authorizing major financial transactions and facility changes, and making bylaw changes). Becoming a member involves sharing your faith story with our Elders and attending a membership class.