A Family-Integrated Reformed Christian Church seeking to connect the unconnected to Christ and together grow to full devotion to Him!
LEADERSHIP (ELDERS AND DEACONS)

ELDERS
OUR CHURCH WILL BE LED BY GODLY, QUALIFIED ELDERS.
These men will have final responsibility before the Lord for leading, feeding, and overseeing the flock. (1 Timothy 5:17, 1
Peter 5:1-5)

AUTHORITY: The elders have the ultimate and final human authority under Christ for the direction, doctrine,
discipleship, and discipline of the body. (Hebrews 13:17) Such authority is to be chiefly characterized by the humility of
servant hood rather than acting as a “lord” over those placed in their charge. (1 Peter 5:2-3)

QUALIFICATIONS:
The qualifications for the office of elder are outlined in 1Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-5. These qualifications
have to do with character qualities as they relate to the community at large, the church, family, self, and God. We recognize
that there is a higher ethical standard for an elder than for anyone else in the church. Attitudes of weak and immature
believers are largely patterned after the acts of those they follow and hold in high esteem. Therefore, with due respect for
individual conscience and personal scruples, those who accept the role of elder shall carefully guard themselves, not only
from what they feel is worldly, but that they shall ardently withdraw themselves from what might cause others to stumble
and/or which has the appearance of evil.

They are to be men in full agreement and visibly committed to the constitution of the church. Certain things in the universal
church are considered essential doctrines of the Christian faith, such as the doctrines listed in the Apostles Creed, the
Trinity and the infallible inspiration of Scripture; and in those we must agree. There are other things we believe that are
considered non-essential, like the details on prophecy; and in those we can disagree. It is important to know that just
because something is considered a non-essential, it does not mean it is not important. We must be willing to debate those
issues without dividing, in order to find truth in Scripture. However, a strong compatibility far beyond the membership
requirement is necessary. This will be left up to the discernment of the elders.

The first qualification, which the Apostle Paul lists, is that one should aspire to the office of elder. This means that an elder
desires to assume responsibility for the souls of the people, and to one day stand before the Lord to give an account for
those souls (Hebrews 13:17).

Each elder shall serve indefinitely. The elder may step down for a period of rest and refreshment. Elders in this period of rest
and refreshment may be called back into current elder status at any point in time as led by the Holy Spirit through the Current
Elders with the concurrence of the individual elder who has stepped down. An elder may also take a leave of absence from
current elder status for rest, in time of crisis, for a family need, or a qualification issue.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Direction: The elders set the overall philosophy, vision, and direction of the church. To seek God’s vision, the elders are
to devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word. (Acts 6:4)

Doctrine: The elders’ authority covers the matters of doctrine, i.e., what we believe the Scriptures teach as comprising
the major issues. This responsibility includes teaching, exhorting, and refuting. (Ephesians 4:11, 1 Timothy 3:2, 5:17-18,
Titus 1:9, Hebrews 13:17)

Discipleship: The elders are responsible for the overall teaching and training of the flock to the end that we may present
every man and woman complete in Christ. (Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Colossians 1:28, James 5:14)

This would involve the following areas:
    • Providing oversight to the various ministries of the church.
    • Defining and coaching the ministries of deacons.
    • Having the heart and giftedness to lead a care group. (This is not required, but a
    shepherd’s heart is vital.)
    • Consistently attend elder meetings (rule well, 1 Timothy 5:17), as well as regular
    meetings of the church. (Hebrews 10:25)

Discipline: The elders are responsible for the discipline of believers who will not deal with known sin in their lives.
(Matthew 18:15-17) They are to promptly deal with spiritual conflicts and problems that arise in the church before they
become scandalous. (Galatians 6:1f)

Modeling: Each elder is responsible for modeling Christ-like attitudes and behavior. His life should demonstrate the
following:
    • Daily walk with God based on Scripture and prayer.
    • Good character (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 5:1-5)
    • Correctly balanced and prioritized areas of life, such as God, family, ministry, and employment.
    • Strong and visible commitment to the constitution of the church.
    • Accountability: Elders are responsible to hold each other accountable for their daily walk, character, balanced life,
    and commitment to the Body of Christ.

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DEACONS
The position of deacon is set apart from any other ministry in our church by the following definition: According to 1Timothy 3:8-
13, deacons closely assist the elders in the ministry of the church. This implies oversight of whole ministries or major parts
of large ministries, or leading a care group. As the deacons oversee the various ministries of the church, they free the elders
to lead the church spiritually.

Deacon responsibilities are as follows:
    • Daily walk with God based on Scripture and prayer.
    • Good character (1 Timothy 3:8-13)
    • Biblically balanced and prioritized areas of life, such as God, family, ministry, and employment.
    • Regular attendance at church meetings. (Hebrews 10:25)
    • Faithfulness and diligence in overseeing the assigned area of responsibility. (Romans 12:8)
    • Allowing responsibilities to be defined and coached by an elder.
    • The elders are responsible to hold each deacon accountable for his/her daily walk, character, balanced life,
    commitment to the Body of Christ, committed leadership of his/her ministry, and submission to the leadership of
    the elders.
CHRIST COVENANT CHURCH
"A Place to Call Home"
831 FM 2917 RD
Alvin, Texas 77511
Phone: 281.331.4619
Fax: 281.331.5014
contact@cccalvin.com


Shepherd's Heart School
"Growing a greater future
together!"
831 FM 2917 RD
Alvin, Texas 77511
Phone: 281.331.4619
Fax: 281.331.5014
shepherdsheart@cccalvin.com
Travel down 35 toward Angleton
Turn left on FM 2917 RD
(Stop light & Chevron Station)
CCC is located about 1 mile
down on the left

From Liverpool:
Travel down 35 toward Alvin
Turn right on FM 2917 RD
(Stop light & Chevron Station)
CCC is located about 1 mile
down on the left