GCO Updates

Looking to Jesus

Serving Christ by Serving His Church

SERVE AT GRACE

We are a Christ-centered community, intent on proclaiming the gospel, making disciples, and sacrificial serving Jesus. We take this very seriously because these are serious concerns.

We are an elder-led church - led by a plurality of elders who look to Christ as they lead. The deacons assist the elders in the care of the church. These are all called by God to be servants, serving the interests of Christ and His church.

Jesus is the head of His church. He has given the form and function of the church in His Word. Our leadership structure comes from the Bible. Jesus having preeminence over everyone and everything, with elders leading local churches, assisted by deacons and deaconesses.

One of the things God does in transforming our lives by the Gospel is give us the best possible reason to serve. We serve because we've been accepted by God, not to earn His favor. His love inspires us to serve Him. Instead of looking out for ourselves, we want to serve others. This Gospel-driven service takes many shapes and forms, as we serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

One of the ways that Jesus blesses His church is by giving people in His body different callings and gifts to serve in various roles. One of those roles is Elder and one is Deacon. While there are many ways to serve Christ’s Church, these are the primary roles and responsibilities given by God to lead and serve His Church.

Elders are called to shepherd the flock of God among them. They are to preach and teach the Word faithfully and accurately. They must give humble-bold oversight to those they are called to lead. They look to Jesus as they lead others. Their roles and responsibilities are explained and described in Acts 20:17-35, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-5.

Deacons are called to be ministers of mercy, meet practical needs in the body of Christ, and assist the elders in the care of Christ’s church among a specific assembly of believers. Their roles and responsibilities are described in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. We also see a sort of precursor to their role in Acts 6:1-7.

We are to honor people who serve faithfully as elders and deacons. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 says “We ask you, respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you.” Hebrews 13:17 says, ““Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

Our current elders are Bryan Bush, Alan Cech, Mark Holbrook, Matthew Holbrook, Tom Licata, Dan Martin, Pete Roberts, Mike Sciarra, Dave Strozewski, Ed Trenner, and Alan Weisenberger.

Our current deacons and deaconesses are Susan Clark, Alice Holbrook, Judy Licata, Pat Monroe, Karen Ottoson, Paul Phillips, Phil Roberts, Jim Slazas, and Peter Woodson; as well as our newest deacons (commissioned January 17, 2021): Judy Clark, Kim Derflinger, Jack Hanson, George Miclea, and Tom Radmilovich.

All of our leaders are involved in a variety of ministries, serving the body of Christ in many ways. I ask you to pray for them, encourage them, and join them in serving and enjoying God, loving the church, and reaching others for Christ.

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