These are our elders and their wives. The elders are the leaders of our church and provide oversight for the congregation. As servant leaders, they aren’t just setting policy and making rules, they are also responsible for:
- Caring for those that are hurting
- Mentoring those longing to grow spiritually
- Equipping future leaders
Don’t hesitate to contact them or approach them on the weekends! Allow God to use them as shepherds in your life.
Elders at The Branch Church serve four-year terms. Each year we enter into a careful and prayerful process of discerning who God is raising up to serve as elders at The Branch Church. This includes Scriptural criteria, congregational recommendations and approval, willingness on the part of the prospective elder, and the collective wisdom of the present elders and Senior Minister. After four years of service, each elder will observe at least a one-year sabbatical. Except in the case of the Senior Minister, elders are not financially compensated and serve voluntarily. You can read further about the nature and qualities of an elder in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
The Shepherding Council
Every elder at The Branch Church is a part of The Shepherding Council. Because we are a multi-site church, our elders want to pay particular attention to shepherding the individual needs of the people at each location. For this reason, we have adopted a system that allows site-specific shepherding elders at each of our campuses.
The Governance Council
Within The Shepherding Council, there are two elders from each campus that are chosen to join with the Senior Minister and Executive Minister to govern the church as a whole. This council serves as governing elders in matters of finance, budgeting, and staffing.