Parkland Baptist Church “Governance”
Our congregation believes that Scripture clearly points to two distinct types of leadership within the church body, both of whom function under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. These two categories are known as the Council of Elders and the Board of Deacons. As a congregationally based church within the North American Baptist Conference (and the Alberta Baptist Association) we look to our members who, under the Lordship of Christ Jesus, hold the final authority on matters within the church. Whether that may be changes to the Constitution; the annual budget; the call of pastoral staff; the approval of new ministries; or the election/dismissal of Elders.
COUNCIL OF ELDERS: The principal governing body of the Church is the Council of Elders, which consists of a minimum of four men, including the Lead Pastor. The Elders act as the spiritual leaders and overseers of the Church. While there will be no maximum number of Elders established by the Constitution, we believe that the Lord will call such men to be Elders as He chooses (1 Tim: 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Peter 5:1-9). The Council of Elders are responsible for the spiritual fidelity of the church through overseeing the teaching of the pastors and any other leaders; through love and care for the church body; encouraging spiritual growth, prayer and discipleship; providing oversight, prayer and support of all ministries by praying with and for individuals involved in church ministries as well as the congregation at large.
BOARD OF DEACONS: Functioning under the authority of the Council of Elders is a Board of Deacons elected by the congregation and consisting of a minimum of the four Officers of the Church (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Clerk) and other leaders as defined by the Elders on recommendation by the Board. Currently, these positions are approved as coordinators or Team Leads of Facilities, Ministries and Special Events. The Board meets 8-10 times annually to deal with the business of the church as it relates to ministries, finances and facilities.