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Leading the faith community. A BIBLICAL PRIMER (4). What Leaders Do (2). The Organizational Structures and Responsibilities. Reformed Church Polity & Structures. There are three dominant forms of Church Polity in our church world:

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Leading the faith community

Leading the faith community


What leaders do 2
What Leaders Do (2)

The Organizational Structures and Responsibilities

Reformed church polity structures
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.

Book of church order tasks responsibilities of pastoral leaders
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

Congregational life and its expectations
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)