WEFC Conversation Report
FORTY PEOPLE ATTENDED our first WEFC Conversation. The goal of the conversation was to get some feedback on the progress of the committee as they are in the early stages of revising the church constitution and bylaws.
The main cause for this revision is to transition our leadership model from an executive board to more of a biblical model of church leadership; namely elders and deacons.
Here are some of the highlights of the presentation and discussion.
1 - The committee discovered the nature of what goes into the constitution and what goes into the bylaws:
Constitutions are authoritative and rarely change. They guide the ministry and protect the church legally. They include a dissolution clause, a membership covenant and doctrinal statement.
Bylaws: give guidance and oversight for day-to-day ministry. They are more dynamic, detailed, and are able to adjust as ministry changes. They concentrate more on matters like qualifications, duties, selection process, removal, length of term, etc…
It was discovered that in our current constitution and bylaws, some bylaw matters are in our constitution and vice versa.
2 - It was clarified that the move to elders does not mean we are moving away from a congregational form of government. In order to be part of the EFCA, we must maintain a congregational form of government.
3 - At this point the committee has an initial draft of a revised constitution. The sources that were used to compose this document came from four EFCA churches, and two templates put out by the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference and the EFCA.
4 - The next step is to begin working on the bylaws and to define the qualifications and details surrounding the role of elders. Several questions were asked about elders and the committee indicated that this is still a work in process. Once the committee has made significant progress on the bylaws, another conversation will be had to get further feedback.
The next WEFC Conversation is Sunday, December 2 from 6:00-8:00 pm. This conversation will focus on the recent church survey and what we discovered about Community Groups. Please join us!
If you plan to be part of this conversation, please sign up here.