Under Jesus Christ, Berea is managed somewhat like a representative democracy. The Voters’ Assembly, which meets three times a year, is ultimately responsible for Berea's ministry direction. It approves the budget, calls pastors, and decides major issues. It also elects the constitutional officers of the congregation - President, President-Elect, (3) Stewards, (3) Elders and (3) Deacons - and the Endowment Advisory Managers.
The constitutional officers and the Pastor make up the Church Council. Council members serve two-year terms, except that the President-Elect succeeds the President after one year. Terms follow the calendar year. Persons may serve up to two consecutive terms in an office. The Church Council meets monthly to govern the work of the congregation as defined and agreed upon in the Voters’ Assembly meetings. It also appoints the Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Property Managers, and other individuals and committees as necessary.
The Elders, Deacons, and Stewards each function as boards with responsibility for particular areas:
The congregation's ministry is carried out not only by those mentioned above, but also by numerous volunteers, serving individually or on "ministry teams." Each team is supported by a designated board, officer, or staff person.
More information about our church government, as well as the roles and responsibilities of elected and appointed positions, can be found in the Constitution and By-Laws or by calling the church office.
- Elders - worship, teaching, membership, and called workers
- Stewards - financial matters and personnel
- Deacons - other programs and activities of the congregation