(From Cornerstone’s Bylaws Article II)
A. Qualifications of the Pastor.
- The Pastor shall have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, shall exhibit an exemplary Christian walk, including the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and shall meet the qualifications for overseers set out in I Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
- If he is married, his marriage shall be stable, his relationship with his family shall be an exemplary Christian testimony, and there shall be evidence that he properly leads his family by precept and example.
- He shall know his spiritual gift or gifts and shall be diligently exercising the same. (Romans 12; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4)
- He shall be well prepared for his office by education, training, and experience.
- He shall be ordained, or eligible to seek ordination upon the satisfaction of applicable time requirements.
- He shall be sure of his call to the ministry and shall have a vision for his office.
- He shall be in full accord with the statement of faith in Article II of the Constitution of this church and shall accept and work within the organizational structure set forth in the Constitution and in these Bylaws.
B. Responsibilities of the Pastor.
- The Pastor shall give his first priority of ministry to his family, ministering to them as spiritual leader and head of the household and encouraging and assisting them to support his ministry and to be an example to the church of maturity in their spiritual walk and loyalty in their support of the church and its programs. (Ephesians 5:25, 28, 33; 6:4; I Timothy 3:4-5)
- He shall take care for his own individual spiritual growth and preparation for ministry, providing time for prayer and the personal reading and study of God’s Word.
- He shall always be sensitive to and reliant upon the Holy Spirit.
- He shall provide eager and cheerful spiritual leadership to the church as undershepherd (I Peter 5:2-4) and servant (Matthew 20:25-28), watchfully caring for and guarding the flock (Acts 20:28-31), correcting, comforting, and counseling as necessary.
- He shall give the highest emphasis in his ministry to the diligent and loving proclamation of God’s Word and adequate preparation therefore (I Timothy 4:13-16), with the objective of building up the body of Christ and equipping it for service (Ephesians 1:28), while not neglecting the work of an evangelist (II Timothy 4:5) in ensuring that God’s plan of salvation is made clear.
- He shall lead, or arrange leadership for, the public services of the church, including the regular observance of the Lord’s Supper and the administration of the baptism of believers as needed.
- He shall strive to be sensitive to the needs for visitation or counseling and shall be available to minister to those needs, especially within the church.
- He shall encourage and assist the Elders, as well as the rest of the pastoral staff and other ministry leaders and deacons, to advance their own development as individuals and as leaders of the church.
- As the chief executive officer of the church, he shall attend to the day-to-day oversight and management of the church.
- He shall be committed to the work of the Evangelical Free Church of America and of its departments, its schools, and its local district, and he shall personally participate in, and encourage participation in, its meetings and programs.
- He shall establish goals and objectives for his ministry and shall review those goals and objectives from time to time with the Elders.
- He shall keep his education current and shall avail himself of opportunities for personal and professional development, including writing, in accordance with policies established by the Elders.
- He shall give a written report to the congregation at each of its regular business meetings, furnishing an overview of the church’s activities and progress.
C. Authority of the Pastor.
- The Pastor shall have the authority of his calling and his office as chief executive officer of the church, including, for example, the authority to schedule guest speakers or other events or to approve the use of church property, consulting as appropriate with the cognizant ministry leaders, deacons, the chairman, or the Elders.
- In keeping with his calling and his office, he shall have the authority to take any action in an emergency or other situation where, in his judgment, prompt and decisive action is necessary, reporting such action to the cognizant deacons or the Elders.
- He shall be the principal spokesman for the church in the community.
- He shall participate with the Elders in exercising oversight over the church, and all references in these Bylaws to the oversight of the Elders shall be construed, as appropriate, to include the Pastor.
- He shall have the authority to call meetings of the congregation (following the procedures set forth in subparagraph 3 of paragraph E of Article I of these Bylaws) or of the Elders and to propose action to be taken at such meetings (whether or not called by him).
- He shall be an ex officio member of all boards and committees and shall have the authority to call meetings of any such board or committee and to propose action to be taken at such meetings (whether or not called by him).
- The Pastor shall first be responsible to the Lord, who is the Head of the church and Source of all its authority (Ephesians 1:20-23; 4:11-16) and to whom all must give an account (Romans 14:12).
- With respect to his public ministry, the Pastor shall be responsible to the Elders, as the representatives of the congregation.
- The pastoral staff and church office staff shall be responsible to the Pastor.