There is a great section in the PAOC Local Church Constitution template, which may or may not have been included in your local Assembly’s Constitution. It defines the various areas of accountability for those serving on the Church Leadership, that is, the Church Board, or Pastor’s Council, or Deacons, or whatever your church call this team.
It is the section found under By-Law 2.3 – Church Leadership Team –
2.3.3 Accountability of a Church Leadership Member
220.127.116.11 To the Pastor: To support the pastor in his/her primary responsibility to his/her family; encourage and enable the pastor to a continual growth in leadership through continuing education, development, courses, seminars, and resources; assure administrative excellence in financial reporting, strategic planning, communication, labour relations and other assigned duties; assist in creating and implementing a vision and strategy for the church; assist in the development of that church as a disciple-making, equipping community; ensure a global missions strategy and commitment; respect and understand mutual accountability (Rom. 1:8); and provide covering, care, and nurture for the pastor.
18.104.22.168 To other members of the Leadership Team: Support the Church Board in their primary responsibility to their family; encourage and enable the Church Board to a continual growth in leadership through prescribed courses made available through The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada; assume responsibility for areas of expertise and giftedness to assure administrative excellence in the church; fulfill assigned duties as directed by the Church Board; assist in creating and implementing a vision and strategy for the church; assist in the development of the church as a disciple-making, equipping community; ensure that adequate resources are available for touching, reaching and discipling the community; ensure a global missions strategy and commitment; respect and understand mutual accountability (Rom. 1:8); and provide covering, care, and nurture for each member of the Church Board. It is expected that the [leadership] will function in confidentiality and loyalty, and model personal discipleship, which will contribute to the well-being, reputation, and respect of the entire Church Board.
22.214.171.124 To the Congregation: Model healthy family life and teach family values; ensure that adequate resources are available for touching, reaching and discipling the community; ensure clear communication of the vision, strategy and needs to the congregation; ensure that an adequate membership process is in place (including education, ministry, accountability and discipline); assist the congregation in understanding their spiritual responsibility to serve, give, share and be involved; assist the congregation in understanding their responsibility to support the leadership in its vision and direction for the future and health of the church; and assist the congregation to understand its role in, and commitment to, the community, as an agency of grace and spiritual light.
126.96.36.199 To the Community: Understand their role of modeling Christian values of grace, love and acceptance to the community; raising church awareness of the community s needs, and the responsibility of the church to the community; to pray for and encourage the leadership of the community; and uphold and communicate justice and truth in the community.
I am not fully sure how many years ago this was approved and implemented by the General Conference into the Local Church Constitution template, but it was a great addition. It reminds all that are part of a local Church Leadership Team of who they are called to serve and support through their leadership gift. It is a good reminder to the team as you begin a New Year and, as your governance model requires, to place before those being considered for election or appointment to the team.
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