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About Our Leadership

Calvary Chapel differs from most mainline churches in its style of church government.

Most churches are either run with a Congregational form of church government (a democracy run by voting and committees), a Presbyterian form (a board of elders over a Pastor), or an Episcopal form (a monarchy that dictates what happens in local churches). Each of these governmental forms has their positives and negatives, but at Calvary Chapel, we have adopted what we believe to be a Biblical model of church leadership.

Church government at Calvary Chapel is very simple, not a complex bureaucracy. Committees and sub-committees are essentially non-existent. At Calvary Chapel we believe that the Senior Pastor is responsible for the church, responsible to hear from God, and responsible to feed and love His people faithfully. The Senior Pastor guides the church in the fear of the Lord as he is led by the Holy Spirit.

Because the Senior Pastor is only one man, Assistant Pastors (Elders) are appointed to help the Senior Pastor care for the spiritual needs of the congregation, and Deacons are appointed to help the Senior Pastor care for the material needs of the church. (Check your church bulletin or this website for a list of all current Pastors & Deacons.) Feel free to call on these men for spiritual or physical assistance.

The appointment of Assistant Pastors is done by the Senior Pastor (Titus 1:5), in concert with much prayer and fasting (Luke 6:12-13). Deacons are appointed following discussion and prayer by the Pastors, and Deacons (Acts 6:3; 1Tim 3:10). The Biblical prerequisites for both of these offices (Acts 6, 1Tim 3, Titus 1) are heavily weighed and absolutely required.

Following is a list of ministries that Assistant Pastors (Elders) and Deacons assist the Senior Pastor in ministering to the congregation physically and spiritually:

The ministries of a Deacon
Minister to someone after a rough time of temptation or stress. (Matt 4:11)
Minister to the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the prisoners. (Matt 25:44)
Provide for a need financially. (Luke 8:3)
Serve as Jesus served. (Matt 20:28)
Prepare the house, food, etc. for visitors. (Luke 10:40)
Be available to serve physical needs. (John 2:5)
Wait tables. (Acts 6:2)
Share the gospel. (1Cor 3:5)
Watch over finances. (2Cor 8:20)
Use spiritual gifts to minister to those in the church. (1Pet 4:10)
Serve with the strength that God supplies. (1Pet 4:11)

The ministries of a Pastor (Elder)
Guard the flock. (Acts 20)
Shepherd the church. (Acts 20, 1Pet 5)
Work hard to help the weak. (Acts 20)
Be an example to the sheep. (1Pet 5)
Go to the sick and pray over them, anointing them with oil. (James 5)
Discuss and come to conclusions regarding church doctrin. (Acts 15)
Preach and teach. (1Tim 5)
Choose men for the work of missions and ministry. (Acts 15)
Meet to hear the status of the church and ministries. (Acts 15, 21)
Have stewardship over what to do with church finances. (Acts 11:30, Titus 1)
Take care of the church. (1Tim 3)
Rule what goes on in the church. (1Tim 5:17)