St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
How St. Andrews Works
We organize ministry along the lines of the counsel given to Moses by his father-in-law, Jethro. When Moses, the leader of Israel, was working himself silly and creating a bottleneck in ministry, Jethro told him,
“What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out….You must be the people's representative before God and bring their disputes to him…. But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves.” (Exodus 18:17-22)
With that model of empowerment and shared ministry in mind, things get done around St. Andrews by people who serve in one of the six following ways. It is our own version of “thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.”
The worker bees
Like fruit on a branch or leaves on a tree, these are the people who give the whole church its shape. Very important. A person on the prayer team or stuffing bulletins or washing dishes for a churchwide meal is such a person and we could not (and should not) function without them.
These are people who organize groups of worker bees to do specific tasks. The mission trip coordinator or baptism team leader or kitchen team leader are examples.
These are people who lead a group of team leaders. Ministry leaders are willing to take on more responsibilities and include the work of deacons and certain staff members. The Deacon for Prayer Ministry, Youth Minister and Creative Movement ministry leader are all examples of such leaders.
These are people who lead a group of ministry leaders. All of these are staff members of the church and meet regularly for prayer, planning and coordination of ministry. The Director of Fellowship and Discipleship and Director of Operations are examples of ministry directors.
The lead pastor
John Fullerton is our lead pastor and in addition to being the primary teacher of the church and moderating the Session (board of elders), he is responsible for leading the ministry directors to accomplish the mission purposes directed by the Session. Pastor John works closely with Pastor Norm Hatter who not only provides congregational pastoral care, but is also the lead pastor's key adviser.
The ruling elders
They are called "ruling" elders because they are to measure everything that happens in the church against the standard set forth by God in the Bible. When the active ruling elders join the pastors to contemplate matters before the whole church it is called “The Session.” The proverbial buck stops at the Session in the church. They articulate the mission outcomes the lead pastor and others are to strive to produce.