What is "Policy Governance?"
Crossroads Christian Church is led and governed by a Council of Elders. By relying on consentual agreement of the Elders, the church creates healthy check-and-balances of leadership direction, financial accountability, spiritual guidance and ministry implementation (including missions and evangelism).
Elders are selected from Crossroads members of at least five years that have been actively participating in and leading ministries that support the church's mission and vision. Other Elder qualifications can be found in our church bylaws.
The Elders provide spiritual oversight, direction, and leadership for the overall church, entrusting the implementation of that direction to ministry leaders and staff. Senior staff leadership is held accountable for fulfilling the Council of Elders' directions. This system of organizational leadership, known as Policy Governance, allows the Elders to focus their gifts and time on their biblical mandate to lead and shepherd the church, while allowing ministry leaders (staff) the opportunity to maximize their gifts and talents as they lead their ministries and make practical decisions on how to implement and carry out the direction provided by the Elders.
How are Elders Selected?
The Elders, who serve as representatives of the church, are nominated by the church membership and undergo a prayerful screening, interview, and approval process. Approved candidates are then presented to those who are Crossroads Christian Church members, who then vote to affirm(or deny) the selection. Once approved, Elders serve subject to the following provisions:
- Any Elder may resign at his own initiative
- The Council will conduct an annual review of each of its members. Based on this review, the Council may request the resignation of an Elder
- Each Elder will be presented to the church's membership for reaffirmation after three year's service
Elders are not paid staff; they serve as volunteers. Each member of the Elder board has equal voice to the system of consensual agreement on the team.
What Does an Elder Do?
The tasks and responsibilities of an Elder vary greatly and require discernment as the Elder Board strives to keep the church on its biblical course. The Elder Board tackles key issues facing the church. These include:
- Determining the overall vision and future direction of the church.
- Creating policies to define clearly church values and biblical operating procedures.
- Ensuring the church’s teachings and practices reflect accurate biblical theology.
- Providing avenues for pastoral care, conflict resolution, discipline, and restoration.
- Providing direction on financial or risk-management issues.
- Providing accountability to the senior pastor, to ensure the vision and values determined by the Elders are being carried out.
How Do I Nominate an Elder?
If you are a member of Crossroads Christian Church and feel prompted to nominate a congregant for the Elder role, please review the following resources: