How we do church
1. Jesus: Jesus is the head of His body, the church. His glorious goal is to fill His church with the fullness of His infinite and eternal life. Connecting people vitally to Jesus is what the church is all about.
“And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.”
2. Overseers: Jesus has gifted His church with people who serve the church with a diversity of abilities and responsibilities. This includes overseers. Overseers are spiritually mature men who serve the church by taking on the responsibility of giving spiritual direction to the church. WLGBC is governed by a Board of Overseers.
“Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”
1 Peter 5:2-3
3. Pastoral Leadership Team: In Ephesians 4, Paul gives us a listing of different “giftings” which are needed to see the church become mature in Christ and equipped for ministry. WLGBC has a team of six elected pastors, both paid and voluntary, who reflect these diverse giftings. The goal of these pastors is to prepare all of God’s people for works of service.
“It was Jesus who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
4. People: The church is people—each and every one with his or her own set of abilities. There are countless opportunities for service within and through the church. The church thrives as each person uses his or her gift to strengthen and grow the body.
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ”
1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 12
“From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”