Follow me, as I follow Christ.
-St. Paul, from 1 Corinthians 11.1
How is it possible that the gospel should be credible, that people should come to believe that the power which has the last word in human affairs is represented by a man hanging on a cross? I am suggesting that the only answer, the only hermeneutic of the gospel, is a congregation of men and women who believe it and live by it.
-Lesslie Newbigin, from The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
ELDERS & DEACONS
In our church tradition, the two teams of lay (volunteer) people who work together with our church’s ministers and staff to lead Jesus’ church are elders & deacons. During the month of May, we'll be nominating men and women to serve as elders and deacons at Liberti.
Elders serve by leading…
- The elders are the team of ordained lay men and women who work directly with Jared Ayers to ensure that Liberti is faithfully and fruitfully fulfilling the mission of the church
- Elders are entrusted with protecting and promoting the vision and mission of Liberti
- Elders work with Jared and Liberti’s ministry staff to oversee the ongoing growth and health of the church
- They also ensure that finances are maintained in an audit-worthy manner and that Liberti’s finances and ministry life are focused on its mission to the city and the world
- Elders also serve as board members of the organization
Deacons lead by serving…
- Deacons are the team of ordained lay (i.e. non-staff) men and women who work directly with Vito Baldini to lead the whole church in expressing the care and compassion of Christ to the city, region, and the world
- Deacons equip the church to serve the social, emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual needs of the church and the city
- They lead the church into service, mercy, and justice both internally and externally.
*The women and men nominated to serve as elders and deacons at Liberti must meet the following qualifications:
-Gospel-shaped spiritual maturity: No Christian is perfect, but the life of an elder or deacon at Liberti should serve as an example for others to follow of mature life in Christ. Scriptural passages to consider that depict mature Christian life: Matthew 5-7; 1 Corinthians 11.1; Galatians 5.16-26; Philippians 2.1-11; 1 Timothy 3.1-13.
-Practical nomination benchmarks: Someone who is ready to serve as an elder or a deacon at Liberti will meet these practical benchmarks:
• Membership in good standing at either the Center City or Main Line campus of our church for at least 1 year.
• Active participation in a home group and the community life of the church.
• Understanding of and agreement with our church’s beliefs.
• Track record of fruitful service/leadership.
• Long-term commitment to Liberti Church.
• Track record of regular, generous giving to the church.
• Enthusiastic support for and promotion of Liberti’s vision and mission.
Liberti follows the teaching of Scripture, the example of Jesus, and the pattern of the early Church in empowering both women and men to serve in church leadership. If you’d like to study more about why, you can download the materials from our Scripture, Men, Women, and Ministry class, here.
- Nomination - someone nominated by at least 3 households will be considered a nominee.
- Discernment - all nominees will meet personally with the church’s leadership to discern each nominee’s desire and readiness to be ordained to serve.
- Training - Nominees approved by the board and affirmed by the church will enter a training process to grow in understanding Liberti’s beliefs, vision, and mission, and how to serve in their role in the church.
- Elder board approval & congregational affirmation - Nominees will be approved by Liberti’s board and must be affirmed by the church’s membership
- Ordination - Nominees who complete the training process will be ordained during Sunday worship.
NOMINATE AN ELDER/DEACON