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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…

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…

New Addition to Our Leadership Team

We’re excited to announce that Greg Smit is the newest addition to our leadership team. Greg will serve as the ministry leader of our care ministries, including such vital areas of service as discipleship counseling, hospital visitation and prayer groups (for both our church family and also for the community around us). Greg has extensive training and experience in these kinds of…

Pastoral Team Addition

Chris Brackett has been appointed to serve The Orchard as part of our pastoral team. We’ve very excited about this for a couple of reasons. Chris is a man of real spiritual maturity and appropriate gifting who has shown a genuine desire to serve the church family. And this is an incredibly significant point in the church’s development. We are now beginning…

Leadership Team Updates

Saturday, April 6, Ray Wehri was officially appointed as a ministry leader for our facilities ministry. We deeply appreciate Ray’s commitment and his desire to serve God and the church family. We also asked the congregation to be prayerfully considering Chris Brackett to be part of our pastoral team. We’re excited about the leaders God is raising up in our church and…

More on Our Response to Racism

This is a post from the EFCA Now blog. If you haven’t yet, please read our post: The Gospel, Racism and the EFCA. An Open Letter to Those Who are Struggling Aiming for the kingdom of God through racial strife. Alejandro Mandes Dear EFCA family, This is an open letter to all who are struggling to figure out what comes next or how…

Matters of Personal Conscience

The Bible makes very clear that certain practices are right and others are wrong. Murder and adultery are always wrong; loving God and loving each other are always right. But there are many practices that aren’t clearly endorsed or prohibited in Scripture. The 14th chapter of Romans warns us not to argue about matters of personal conscience. (And, surprisingly, it’s the believer…

Gender Roles in the Church

Does the Bible teach distinct roles for men and women in the church? This debate is a frequent and sometimes heated one in the church today. We recognize the sensitive nature of this question. It’s understandably an emotional issue, and one that touches people deeply. Naturally, this subject affects women in ways it doesn’t affect men. But most men under a certain…

Spiritual Gifts

Christians receive the Holy Spirit when they place their faith in Jesus Christ and become his (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:9). Every believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit. We also see in Scripture that God may, at times, specially fill us with his Spirit (Acts 4:8, 31; 13:9), and that we are to continually seek for our lives to…