Before a couple years ago, I had never heard of a Council of Elders and probably few of you had either. The New Testament by no means requires that our churches be governed extra-locally in this way. However, we do get a glimpse in Acts 15 of the elders and apostles gathered together deliberating matters of great importance.
In Sovereign Grace, we have adopted a Book of Church Order, we are led by a Leadership Team and we are governed by a Council of Elders. This council of one elder from each church meets yearly to deliberate on matters of great importance.
- How are we going to be governed?
- How are we going to resolve disputes in our churches and beyond?
- How do we receive other churches into this partnership?
- What are the core tenants of our faith?
- How can we best fulfill the Great Commission as a family of churches?
These were the types of things we deliberated over last week. Of particular importance this year was our continued progress in updating our Statement of Faith.
Our Statement of Faith has served us well for many years. Currently it is being reviewed by the elders and a wholesale revision is underway. We decided on a 3-5 year process. We are doing this because we want to clarify our biblical and theological convictions so that into the future the gospel will be preached faithfully through the churches of Sovereign Grace.
What Can You Do?
- If you’ve never browsed our Book of Church Order, I’d encourage you to do that. It is helpful to know how Grace Covenant Church is governed locally and extra-locally.
- Review our current Statement of Faith. Get an idea of where we are now and as updates come our way, you’ll have a better idea of why this is being done.
- Pray for the elders of Sovereign Grace that we would have wisdom from God to craft a biblically-faithful and clear Statement of Faith.
- Study for yourself all manner of theological topics so that you can discern for yourself when our updated Statement of Faith is adopted.