About Our Senior Pastor
The term “senior pastor” isn’t perfect. But we intend this term to point to the biblical position of the elder who has primary responsibility for preaching and teaching, and thus in accordance with 1 Timothy 5:17 receives honored through the church’s financial support.
Our Bible studies have rendered us the following explanation of why we use the title “pastor”:
During our New Testament Bible studies, we found that the name “pastor” is used as a synonym for the head of a church and is also used interchangeably with “church elder” (presbuteros) and “overseer or bishop” (episkopos). For example, in Acts 20:17, the Apostle Paul summons the elders of the church in Ephesus to give his last sermon to them; during that time, in Acts 20:28, he tells them that the Holy Ghost has made them bishops, and that their job is to shepherd their church. Peter used the same title in 1 Peter 5:1-2, warning the elders that they are not to “lord over” the flock, but be shepherds , acting as bishops willingly. Therefore we understand that the titles of pastor, elder and bishop refer to the same biblical office.
Our Pastor, or Senior Pastor, is of course, the most influential leader in the True Holiness COPA of Walnut Hills. The Pastor has charge of the spiritual welfare of the Church with the assistance of the Diaconate. The Pastor also has charge of worship services and a ministry of preaching the word of God, administering the Lord’s Supper (Communion), rendering pastoral care, establishing biblical education ministries and serving as a facilitator of the Church’s programs, with the assistance of the associate pastors.
The Associate Pastors
The Associate Pastors help our senior pastor lead others into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. This typically includes taking on important responsibilities within the church, such as overseeing key leaders and leading a ministry.
The Associate Pastors are spiritually and scripturally mature, skilled in counseling and pastoral care. They assist the Senior Pastor in equipping the saints, through preaching, teaching and church administration. Together the Associates rotate the following responsibilities:
- Assists the Senior Pastor in worship leadership, preaching, counseling, weddings, funerals, and visitation.
- Helps to coordinate, with the Sr. Pastor, educational events and programs for the church membership. He supervises the Sunday school superintendent in teacher training, develop new membership orientation and doctrinal classes, and explore possibilities for new educational materials.
- Is responsible to the Senior Pastor for providing leadership in administration, proclamation and pastoral care as the church may require.
The Suffragan Bishop
An elder who is elected or appointed, by our central organization’s Board of Bishops, as a subordinate to a senior bishop and is given administrative and episcopal responsibilities, but does not preside over a ecclesiastical jurisdiction. This position is appointed with an expected range of responsibilities that are beyond the local church.
Deacon Board (the Diaconate)
The Deacons (or the Diaconate) serve the Lord by conducting the caring ministry of the church by doing the benevolence work, visiting the sick, being alert to the spiritual needs of the congregation, for the purposes of freeing the pastoral staff to focus on prayer and the ministry of the word, they are to promote unity within the church, and assist in spreading the gospel.
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The Diaconate assists the Pastor in the preparation and in the administration of the Lord’s Supper and of Water Baptism. Their assignment is to visit the sick, encourage new members and introduce new families into the full fellowship of the Church. They are also responsible for the administration of the Benevolence Fund.
The Diaconate also acts as a liaison between the Pastor and the Congregation. Should the Pastor and the associate pastors be absent, for whatever reason, the Diaconate can teach in there absence. The Diaconate also has discretion of the receipt, administration and disbursement of any gifts to the Ministerial Fund.
Trustee Board Members
Under the general direction of the Senior Pastor and our congregation, the mission of this Trustee Board is to serve as legal representatives of the church in all business transactions and routinely oversee and maintain the major systems of our church edifice.
The Board of Trustees is the “business” end of the church, it is the Board of Trustees who has the general responsibility for the care, maintenance, smooth operation, the use, and the general overseeing of all property of the Church, both real and personal.
They are also responsible for keeping the Pastor’s home in good repair, safe, well equipped and comfortable. The Trustees have the responsibility for receiving and authorizing the disbursement of Church funds, with the exception of the Ministerial and Benevolence Funds, which are controlled by the Diaconate.
They also coordinate all legal matters concerning the Church as well as the annual budget and therefore work closely with the Pastor
Trustee Board Responsibilities
Facility Maintenance (1) Ongoing maintenance (2) Reactive maintenance and (3) Proactive/preventative maintenance.
Grounds Keeping & Beautification Committee The Grounds Keeping and Beautification Committee is responsible for the safekeeping, protection, and maintenance of the church grounds, excluding the building, sidewalks, driveways, signs, and exterior lighting facilities; proposing changes in the landscaping of the grounds
Janitorial Services and Purchasing Agent Routinely purchase cleaning and restroom supplies as needed.
Fire & Safety Committee Develop an Emergency Action Plan/To facilitate and organize church service attendees’ actions during emergencies.
Ushers are extremely important in conveying friendliness and hospitality to worshipers—both regular worshipers and guests. You set the tone by often offering the first welcome and what you do contributes immensely to the orderliness of the service. Ushers control activities during worship.
The Usher Board is often called a ministry, but to clarify the use of the word, ministry means that it is a ministry of helps that provides for the individual’s temporal needs, when the church assembles together. It is not part of the Gospel ministry. So it is more appropriate to refer to it as a “ministry of helps.”
Another term that is the best description for the Usher Board is “an auxiliary.” This unit is a very important function of the worship services and church business meetings, because it assists the overseers in maintaining order.
The Usher and Evangelism!
The usher is the first impression of the worship service. No matter how well the choir sings, or how inspiring the message, if a visitor or member has been insulted by an usher, their readiness for worship service is destroyed.
(Psalm 84:10) For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
(1 Chronicles 9:17-27) And the porters were, Shallum, and Akkub, and Talmon, and Ahiman, and their brethren: Shallum was the chief;
Who hitherto waited in the king’s gate eastward: they were porters in the companies of the children of Levi.
And Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his brethren, of the house of his father, the Korahites, were over the work of the service, keepers of the gates of the tabernacle: and their fathers, being over the host of the Lord, were keepers of the entry.
And Phinehas the son of Eleazar was the ruler over them in time past, and the Lord was with him.
(Acts 12:13) And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.
The purpose of our Missionary Circle is to serve on a spiritual and humanitarian basis to assist the stricken and the helpless, to comfort the downtrodden, to impart knowledge of temporal things as well as knowledge of the Word of God.
Missionary work began soon after the early church started, and spread rapidly due to the great zeal of the Apostles and those receiving the gospel. Missionaries took the gospel throughout the Roman Empire, including North Africa and, later, the Americas.
What Does It Mean To Be A Missionary?
Our missionaries are sent to teach biblical doctrine and do a humanitarian work. The Word of God tells us to Go! – Teaching all nations to observe all things (Matthew 28:19-20) – Go! Preach to every creature (Mark 16:15-18)—Go! Out into the hedges and the highways and compel men (Luke 14:23).
The missionary’s aim is to provide for the needs of the mind, body, and soul as they are empowered by the Holy Ghost.
The work of the Missionary can sometimes be unpleasant due to certain conditions we may encounter, but we, as servants of God, do every work as unto Him. (Colossians 3:17, 23)
It Is A Work Of Wisdom
Wisdom is a necessary attribute for missionaries. The Word of God tells us if we lack wisdom to ASK! (James 1:5). James 3:17 states, “the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
The Sunday School
The Sunday School Superintendent oversees the operation of the Sunday School, endeavoring to enlist the hearty cooperation of the whole church in Bible Study and instruction. He or she assists the Pastor in looking after the spiritual interest of the school and shall be elected annually.
Our Sunday school’s purpose is to provide Sunday morning topical Bible study classes to help the membership and visitors, from all age groups, to understand the principles of God and to adhere to moral life style. Other ministries in Sunday school are 1st Sunday Rally Day, the Kids 4 Christ Puppet Ministry, and Doctrinal Studies and New Membership classes.
The Assistant Sunday School Superintendent
The Assistant Sunday School Superintendent assist the Superintendent in the management of the Sunday School and shall act in his absence.
Sunday School Teachers prepare and teach the Sunday School lessons and prepares each class to present a review of the lessons taught for that parents, before the school is dismissed.
Secretary handles key administrative duties for the Sunday School. These include recording attendance, collecting the Sunday School offering, ordering teaching and study materials, ordering general supplies and ringing the bells to signal start and stop of classroom instruction.
1st Sunday Rally Day Director
1st Sunday Rally Day reaches out to the community to attract children of all ages. Breakfast is served for parents and children, before the Sunday school opening. Our Kids 4 Christ Puppet Ministry delivers a presentation on that day as well.
Our Kids 4 Christ Puppet Ministry.
This is a children’s outreach ministry.
The Kids 4 Christ Puppet Ministry was developed to be one of many evangelism tools used by the Sunday School department to impact the lives of children and their families, in the community. The plays and skits bring the Bible to life and helps children remember lessons learned. The lessons learned will help them succeed in their spiritual lives and encourage them to become productive citizens as well.
We hope you Enjoy the following Video of our outdoor evangelism and the National Young People’s Convention program!
Facility Management is comprised of deacons, elders, and trustees, who work under the direction of our senior pastor, to take executive leadership in the management of our worship facility and surrounding campus. We coordinate our efforts to prepare for all local and national event. Because True Holiness COPA of Walnut Hills has dedicated and consecrated our facilities to the Almighty God, we consistently practice holiness and request that our guests also help us to maintain a safe and clean environment.