We follow a model of church government, consistent with the practice of the early Christian Church, with appointed elders and deacons (1 Tim. 3: 1-13).
The elders serve as spiritual overseers of the church, and their duties include:
- Setting church mission and vision,
- Setting governance and doctrinal policies,
- Serving as legal trustees of the church,
- Bible teaching and preaching,
- Administering baptism and communion,
- Church discipline,
- Approving ministry heads, staff, and the annual budget, and
- Overseeing operation of spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12: 1-11).
Elder candidates are selected from among the church members by the existing elders, and presented to the congregation for affirmation. Lacking any charge for disqualification (1 Tim. 3: 1-7) the new elder is then set into office. The Senior Pastor serves as the presiding elder at meetings, and is primarily responsible for carrying out the decisions of the elders.
The deacons are responsible for three broad areas related to the everyday operation of the church:
- Ensuring support services are in place for major church-wide events, such as Sunday morning worship. This includes areas such as ushering, communion, counting tithes and offerings, parking, greeting, and guest follow up.
- Ensuring stewardship of church facilities, including maintenance, landscaping and snow removal, building security, and building use.
- Administration of benevolence to church members in financial need, as well as those in our community through Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM), wfcmva.org
When there is a need, deacon candidates are nominated by church members. After being approved by the elders and current deacons, the candidate or candidates are presented to the congregation for affirmation. Lacking any charge for disqualification (1 Tim. 3: 8-12), the candidate or candidates are then set into office. A presiding deacon is chosen annually from among the deacons.