Sacramento, CA

Pastoral Team Addition

Greg Smit has been appointed to serve The Orchard as part of our pastoral team. Greg is a true brother and has shown great dedication in lovingly serving our church family. This addition expands our pastoral team to three pastors. That excites us because it helps us better realize the team pastoral leadership of the church we believe Scripture teaches us and…

Qualifications for Elders/Pastors

Since our church body is considering adding another pastor to our pastoral team, it might be helpful for us to post these qualifications for elders/pastors compiled from 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9: Desire to serve: The desire to serve as a pastor is an honorable one from God (see 1 Peter 5:1-3). The pastor who serves without a God-given desire will…

What Do Pastors Do?

Our church is led by a team of pastoral elders. Because these elders share together in the shepherding of the church, we refer to these church leaders as “pastors.” Our pastors lead the church as a team, with no senior or lead pastor. (To see more about why we have this kind of leadership structure, click here.) So, if the church isn’t…

Proposed Addition to Pastoral Team

Greg Smit has been serving as the ministry leader for our care ministries. He’s also been meeting for some time with the pastoral team. At our congregational meeting last Saturday night (Feb 15), the pastors presented Greg for the congregation to prayerfully consider as an addition to our pastoral team. We’ll take 4 weeks to pray together about this as a church…

Digging Deeper: Political Division in the Church (Feb 2)

Our first Digging Deeper seminar will be February 2 and will begin a series examining the current political division within evangelical churches. Our conviction is that evangelical Christians should be modeling a different way of engaging one another, discussing even issues about which we passionately disagree with love, grace and mutual respect. The church should be showing the world another way, rather…

Digging Deeper: new monthly seminar

This is a new monthly seminar for those who desire to study theological and church-related issues more deeply. We’ll meet on the first Sunday of each month, 9 am, in the adult/youth classroom, and will seek to explore subjects that are particularly significant or timely. Watch for announcements on coming discussion topics.