A network of churches through the Pillar Network and the Send Network seized a unique and strategic opportunity to partner with an existing church that has for over 70 years, preserved a rich heritage of visible kingdom presence in the city and served the most vulnerable and lower income families in the community.
In 2015, a church planting team comprised of families and individuals from Phoenix and across the nation, committed themselves to partnering with the Church on Fillmore and become a “family of believers who unite in gospel, community, and mission, for the glory of God and the good of our neighbors.” The Church on Fillmore affirmed the vision, amended their documents to reflect a robust, gospel-centered approach, and installed the Church plant’s pastoral team as their own. Shortly after, the merged family of believers voted to change their name to Mercy Hill Church in order to:
- honor the rich heritage of the Church on Fillmore · display God’s mercy to the broken as those who have received mercy
- and herald a commitment to be a faithful, visible kingdom presence in the city
As a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural neighborhood church, we seek to be present in our community, proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, and collaboratively come alongside our neighbors in sharing our gifts, caring for the vulnerable, and seeking the shalom of our city. Jesus came to “seek and to save” the lost (Matthew 19:10), and thus, it is the desire of Mercy Hill Church to uphold and display the mercy of Jesus Christ through the proclamation of the gospel in both word and deed. We invite you to prayerfully consider how you will partner with us for His glory and for the joy of the people of Phoenix.
The neighborhood that Mercy Hill Church (MHC) finds itself rooted in is called the Triangle Neighborhood. It was established in 1887, marked with the boundaries of 7th Ave (to the east) and 15th Ave (to the west), and Van Buren (to the south) and Roosevelt (to the north). It was originally called Oakland/University Park Neighborhood.
Anthony Cox, Elder
Anthony grew up in a city north of Tampa, FL where God gave him a burden for the lost, the broken and the vulnerable.
He holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity College of Florida and is completing his MDIV from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Since his youth, he has participated and led various international mission trips to Guatemala and Nicaragua, where he met Karla.
Anthony and Karla have been married since 2001 and have three precious boys—Caleb, Matthew, and Joshua. The Cox family live in downtown Phoenix.
Anthony and Karla enjoy frequenting local coffee shops, hanging with friends, and delighting in the beauty of the outdoors while their boys enjoy riding bikes, playing with neighborhood friends, or hiking one of the valley’s many trails.
They are ordinary people, learning the way of Jesus, who desire to help others connect with God and community. Together they share a passion for making disciples who love Jesus, His Word, His people, His mission and His glory.
John Ramirez, Elder
John was born in Southern California and has lived in the desert southwest his entire life. He loves the desert and he and his family reside in the East Phoenix neighborhood of Arcadia.
He has graduated with an M.Div. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. John confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior over 25 years ago and has desired to see others in the inner-city areas of Phoenix hear the Gospel and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus as well.
John and Roxann met at church and were married in 2003 and have raised a beautiful daughter named Danielle. The Ramirez family love taking road trips, Mexican food and on most Sunday afternoons in the fall you can find them watching and cheering for the AZ Cardinals.
John is passionate about preaching and teaching, technological arts and sharing in church life with the people of God.
Med Skeens, Elder
Med was born in Southern California, he grew up the youngest of eight kids.
He came to know Jesus in 1975, the year after he was married to Gail. Since then they have learned to walk with Jesus together all these years.
In 1980 Med and his family moved to Phoenix, AZ to attend Grand Canyon University where he graduated in 1984 with a BA degree in Biblical Studies. Weeks after graduation they moved to Fort Worth, TX to attend Southwestern Baptist theological seminary.
Med and Gail have been involved in student ministry for decades. They enjoy meeting with and connecting people in all that they do. One of the many highlights of their ministries over the years has been the continued connection with teenagers over the years who are now adults and have their own children and fruitful ministries.
Med’s heart is in teaching God’s Word, more specifically in community development that connects people to our Savior, Jesus Christ and to one another.
Our greatest joy has been raising two sons, Rick and Jeff. We enjoy watching them grow in their personal lives and ministries…and raise their families.
We have been blessed with a quiver full of grandchildren. They bring joy and laughter to us on a daily basis!
Currently Med and Gail enjoy full-time ministry at Mercy Hill Church and learning to enjoy retirement for many years to come.
Ricky Aulds, Elder
Ricky Lee Aulds has a heart for Christ, God’s Word, the local Church, and making disciples. He grew up in South GA where he had the privilege of watching his Dad faithfully pastor small local churches, and lived in AL where he graduated from Southeastern Bible College.
After serving as Pastor of Youth and Families in AL, he moved to NC where he attended and then graduated in May, 2011 from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a MA in Biblical Counseling. He moved to Phoenix in 2014 to join God’s mission in Downtown Phoenix.
Since moving to Phoenix, he married Sherrie. They are now using their training in Biblical Counseling in the context of the local church to reach Phoenix with the gospel of King Jesus (2 Peter 1:3-4). They enjoy working with Mercy Ministries together in counseling, leading Hope for Addiction group meetings, connecting with like-minded gospel ministries, and growing the outreach of food distribution.
They enjoy city walks where they are able to explore new places to eat and teas to drink…oh, and don’t forget meeting the diverse people in our city!
Salvador Pedrote, Elder
Salvador and Sugey Pedrote are from Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. They have been married since 1995 and have 6 wonderful children. One of Salvador’s passions is cooking. Though his tacos are known as the “best on this side of Heaven,” Asian food is his favorite to eat. Salvador loves following Jesus and is passionate about sharing with others how they can love and follow Jesus as well.
Salvador y Sugey Pedrote son de Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. Han estado casados desde 1995 y tienen 6 hijos maravillosos. Una de las pasiones de Salvador es cocinar. Aunque sus tacos son conocidos como “los mejores en este lado del cielo”, la comida china es su favorita. Salvador ama seguir a Jesus y le apasiona poder compartir de El a otros y como ellos pueden amar y seguir a Jesus también.
Dillon Moffett, Worship Music Leader and Minister to Youth and Their Families
Dillon grew up in Laveen, a small community in southwest Phoenix, where his parents and church family raised him with a heart to love, serve, and worship like Jesus.
He matured his faith in a thriving youth group and, after graduating high school, went on to intern with the same youth group for a year before participating in college ministry through Christian Challenge at Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus.
For many years, Dillon was blessed with opportunities to serve on mission and lead worship around the Phoenix Valley at several churches and through Christian Challenge. At the end of 2018, Dillon felt led to join the Mercy Hill Church family.
Shortly after joining Mercy Hill’s family, Dillon saw a need for youth ministry within the body. With the experience that he brought with him from his own youth ministry, and the help of the Elders, Dillon began to bring together the youth group. He now serves dually as Mercy Hill’s Worship Leader and Minister to Youth and Their Families.
Dillon likes to spend time with his worship bandmates and youth group, often serving around the church, playing video games together, or enjoying time around the Word. He also loves longboarding with the family dog, and spending time with his large family, who he loves very much.
Dillon met his wife, Margarete, through Christian Challenge and they were married in 2019. They love being able to serve their church family together and enjoy living nearby with their dog, Tiful.
Statement of Faith
Revised New Hampshire Confession of Faith from 1853. This statement registers our belief in historic Christianity, evangelical Christianity, believer’s baptism, and congregational polity. Once we as members agree to the statement, we are responsible for believing and living in accordance with it.
I. The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
II. Of The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
III. Of The Fall Of Man
We believe that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
IV. Of The Way Of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.
V. Of Justification
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
VI. Of The Freeness Of Salvation
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
VII. Of Grace In Regeneration
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.
VIII. Of Repentance And Faith
We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King, and relying on Him alone as the only and all sufficient Savior.
IX. Of God’s Purpose Of Grace
We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
X. Of Sanctification
We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, – especially, the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
XI. Of The Perseverance Of Saints
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
XII. Of The Harmony Of The Law And The Gospel
We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arises entirely from their love of sin: to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.
XIII. Of A Gospel Church
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
XIV. Of Baptism And The Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
XV. Of The Christian Sabbath
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.
XVI. Of Civil Government
We believe that Civil Government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.
XVII. Of The Righteous And The Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.
XVIII. Of The World To Come
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.
Having, as we trust, been brought by Divine Grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to Him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with each other.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We will walk together in brotherly love, as becomes the members of a Christian Church, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require.
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others.
We will endeavor to bring up such as may at any time be under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.
We will rejoice at each other’s happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.
We will seek, by Divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life.
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
Since, as we believe, it pleased Almighty God, by His Holy Spirit, to unite certain of His servants here under the name Mercy Hill Church in Phoenix, AZ, for the worship of God and the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we, the members of Mercy Hill Church, do hereby organize ourselves and adopt this Constitution as our articles of governance, to be interpreted at all times to reflect the character of and to bring glory to Jesus Christ, as revealed in the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and as articulated in the Statement of Faith and Covenant of this church.
Article 1 – Name
1.1 The name of this body shall be Mercy Hill Church.
Article 2 – Purpose
2.1 We exist as a family of believers in Jesus Christ, who unite in gospel, community, and mission, for the glory of God and the good of our neighbors.
Article 3- Character
Section 1- Polity
The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Southern Baptist Churches.
Section 2- Doctrine
This church receives the Scriptures as its authority in matters of faith and practice. Its understanding of Christian truth as contained therein is in essential accord with the belief of the Southern Baptist Churches as indicated in the Statement of Faith.
Article 4 – Membership
Section 1 – Qualifications
4.1 To qualify for membership in this church, a person must be a believer in Jesus Christ who gives evidence of regeneration, who has been baptized in obedience to Christ following his or her regeneration, and who wholeheartedly believes in the Christian faith as revealed in the Bible. Each member must agree to submit to the teaching of Scripture as expressed in the Statement of Faith and must promise to keep the commitments expressed in the Church Covenant. The elders (pastors) shall be responsible for determining each person’s qualification for membership. In making this determination, they may rely on a person’s profession of faith, or other such evidence, as the elders deem appropriate.
Section 2 – Admission of Members
4.2 The normal process for becoming a member is (1) completion of the Membership Class, (2) an assessment of qualification for membership in an interview with an elder, and (3) a vote by the church on the basis of the person’s profession of faith (see 4.2.6).
Section 3 – Membership Privileges
4.3 Each member is privileged and expected to participate in and contribute to the ministry and life of the church, consistent with God’s leading and with the gifts, time, and material resources each has received from God. Members will also engage in the mission of the church by fulfilling their commitment to the Church Covenant, which they will be asked to renew annually. Under Christ this congregation is governed by its members. Therefore, it is the privilege and responsibility of members to attend all members’ meetings and vote on the election of officers, on decisions regarding membership status, and on other matters as may be submitted to a vote. Only members are entitled to serve in leadership roles in the various ministries of the church.
Section 4 – Church Discipline
4.4.1 If a member is consistently neglectful of his or her membership duties or consistently lives with inappropriate conduct in which the name of our Lord Jesus Christ is dishonored and the welfare of His church damaged, he or she may be subject to the admonition of the elders and the discipline of the church, according to the instructions of Scripture (Matt 18:15-17; 1 Cor 5:1-12; Gal 6:1-2; 1 Thess 5:14). Church discipline, then, should ordinarily be contemplated after individual private admonition has failed. Church discipline can include admonition by the elders or congregation, suspension from communion for a definite period, removal from office, and excommunication (see Matt 18:15-17; 2 Thess 3:14-15; 1 Tim 5:19-20; 1 Cor 5:4-5).
4.4.2 The purpose of church discipline should be:
For the repentance, restoration, and spiritual growth of the individual(s) disciplined (Heb 12:1-11; Matt 18:15-17; 1 Cor 5:5; Gal 6:1).
For the instruction in righteousness and good of other Christians, as an example to them (1 Cor 5:11; 1 Tim 5:20; Heb 10:24-25).
For the purity of the church as a whole (1 Cor 5:6-7; Eph 5:27; Rev 21:2).
For the good of our corporate witness to non-Christians (Matt 5:13-16; John 13:35; Acts 5:10-14).
Supremely for the glory of God by reflecting His holy character (Deut 5:11; John 15:8; Eph 1:4; 1 Pet 2:12).
Section 5 – Termination of Membership
4.5 Discontinuance of membership shall be recognized by the church following:
Transfer of membership to another church
Failure or neglect to renew Church Covenant
By personal request of the member. If it appears to the elders that a member has requested removal merely to avoid church discipline, that request may not be honored until the disciplinary process has been properly concluded.
Membership may be discontinued as an act of church discipline at the recommendation of the elders and with the vote of the members at any regular or special meeting of the members (see 4.2.6).
Section 6 – Associate Membership
4.6.1 Students and others temporarily residing in Greater Phoenix-Metro who are members of a like-minded evangelical church may apply for associate membership. Qualifications are identical to those for full membership as set out above, except that home church membership must be retained. A letter of commendation will be sought from the applicant’s home church.
4.6.2 Duties and privileges of associate members are the same as for other members except that: (1) when absent from Greater Phoenix-Metro for extended periods of time they are released from the responsibility to attend our church services; (2) while they will be encouraged to participate in members’ meetings they will not be eligible to stand for any office or to vote.
4.6.3 Termination of associate membership as a disciplinary measure will be as it is for other members, except that the elders shall notify the pastor or elders of the home church of that termination. Associate membership will normally terminate immediately upon the ending of the period of temporary residence in Greater Phoenix-Metro.
Article 5 – Meetings
Section 1 – Corporate Worship Meetings
5.1 Regular corporate worship shall be held weekly and other such meetings may be held throughout the week as the elders (pastors) determine. The Church on Fillmore worships corporately through prayer, reading and preaching the Scriptures, singing praises and giving generously back to God. We will also regularly celebrate believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper at the timing and direction of the elders.
Section 2 – Members’ Meetings
5.2.1 In every meeting together, members shall act in that spirit of mutual trust, openness, and loving consideration which is appropriate within the body of our Lord Jesus Christ.
5.2.2 There shall be an annual members’ meeting held prior to the start of the fiscal year to approve the annual budget by the voting membership and to conduct any other business deemed appropriate by the elders (see 4.2.6).
5.2.3 Special members’ meetings may be called at any time by the elders or at the written request, submitted to the elders, of fifty voting members or 10% of the voting membership (whichever is greater). In the event of a satisfactory written request from the members, the elders shall call a special meeting to be held within one month of their receipt of the request. Below is a list of items that might constitute a special meeting:
Capital, building, or indebtedness activities where the value exceeds 10 percent of the annual budget
Calling or dismissing of elders or deacons
Changes to the Church Constitution, Statement of Faith or Church Covenant
Other items the elders believe may substantially impact the direction and operation of the church’s ministry
5.2.4 All annual and special members’ meetings shall be announced at all regular corporate worship meetings of the church at least two weeks preceding such meetings. No business may take place if such notifications have not been made.
5.2.5 For all members’ meetings, a quorum shall consist of a minimum of fifteen members or 10% of the membership (whichever is greater), sixteen years old or older. No business may take place if a quorum is not met. All members sixteen years old or older may make motions, participate in discussion, and vote. Members less than sixteen years of age may participate in discussion only. A non-member may make presentations to the church which are informational in nature and may answer questions regarding the presentation with permission from the elders.
5.2.6 On any matter that is brought to vote, a three-fourths majority is needed for it to pass. Abstentions will not be considered as votes cast. Only votes cast by voting members who are present at the time of the meeting will be counted unless an absentee vote is approved by the elders under special circumstances that prevent a member from attending.
5.2.7 One of the elders shall preside as moderator at all members’ meetings of the church.
Article 6: Church Officers
Section 1 – Summary
6.1 Jesus Christ is the Lord and head of this church, and he rules primarily through the Scriptures. The biblical offices of the church are elders (pastors) and deacons. Scripture indicates that the responsibility for shepherding and leading the church under Jesus Christ belongs to the elders. As necessary, the Scriptures also provide for the appointment of deacons to serve the church, particularly in areas of ministry that would cause the elders to neglect their Biblical responsibilities. Our church also recognizes the administrative positions of clerk and treasurer. The elders shall designate the clerk and treasurer. All officers and the administrative positions of clerk and treasurer must be members of this church prior to assuming their responsibilities.
Section 2 – Elders
6.2.1 In keeping with the principles set forth in Acts 6:1-6; 1 Tim 3:1-7; 5:17; Tit 1:5-9; Jas 5:14; and 1 Pet 5:1-4, the elders oversee and administrate the ministries and resources of the church. They lead God’s mission in the church by joyfully seeking the mind of Christ through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The elders must eagerly engage in shepherding the flock by teaching and exhorting with sound doctrine, refuting and admonishing those who contradict the truth, caring for the church’s members, and devoting themselves to prayer, to the government of the church, and to ministry. They are responsible for examining and instructing prospective members, examining and recommending all candidates for offices, overseeing the work of the deacons and other church leaders, conducting corporate worship meetings, administering the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, equipping the membership for the work of the ministry, coordinating and promoting the ministries of the church, mobilizing the church for world missions, and overseeing church discipline. The elders are further to ensure that all who minister the word to the congregation, including outside speakers, share our fundamental convictions. Finally, elders are to live as examples to the congregation, above reproach in everything.
6.2.2 The elders shall normally be comprised of not less than three men who satisfy the qualifications for the office of elder set forth in 1 Tim 3:1-7 and Tit 1:6-9. Only men may serve as elders in accord with 1 Tim 2:12 and 3:2. No elder shall hold the office of deacon or treasurer during his tenure.
6.2.3 The church shall recognize men gifted and willing to serve in this office in accordance with the constitutional provisions on elections. These men shall be received as gifts of Christ to His church and set apart as elders.
6.2.4 An elder’s term of office may be terminated by resignation or dismissal. Any member with reason to believe that an elder should be dismissed should express such concern to the elders and, if need be only afterwards, to the congregation. Any such action shall be done in accordance with the instructions in Matt 18:15-17 and 1 Tim 5:17-21. Any elder may be dismissed by a three-fourths majority vote of the voting members at any formally called members’ meeting of the church.
6.2.5 The elders may establish paid and non-paid ministry staff positions and teams to assist them in fulfilling their responsibilities. A paid or volunteer staff position does not in and of itself constitute an elder’s position. All ministerial staff shall meet the biblical qualifications for deacons. The elders may also hire and fire non-ministerial staff or delegate that responsibility on a case-by-case basis. The elders shall have primary responsibility for the employment, supervision, and evaluation of staff members. The outworking of this responsibility may, on a case-by-case basis, be delegated to deacons or another staff member.
6.2.6 The elders must have at least a two-thirds approval among themselves before submitting matters to a congregational vote.
Section 3 – Deacons
6.3.1 The office of deacon is described in 1 Tim 3:8-13 (cf. Acts 6:1-7). The church shall recognize, in accordance with the constitutional provisions on elections, men and women who are giving of themselves in service to the church, and who possess particular gifts of service (Rom 16:1). These members shall be received as gifts of Christ to His church and set apart as deacons. The number of deacons shall be determined by the needs of the ministry and the call and qualifications of church members.