OUR CHURCH COUNCIL
COUNCIL PRESIDENT: Pastor Larry Meyer (interim)
ELDERS: Matt Budde ~ Larry Daane ~ Gary Soodsma ~ Scott Kooiman
DEACONS: Jason De Young ~ George Wiersma ~ Kay Marose ~ Howard TeBeest
Membership Records: Don Slager
Treasurer: Jim Dykstra
Council members serve 3 year terms from July 1 to June 30.
What Elders and Deacons Do?
We celebrate God’s gift of faithful leadership for his people. We joyfully thank him for elders and deacons who have served well and completed their terms of office and we praise him for providing their successors.
In the office bearers of the church we see the love of Christ for his people. As the Lord of the church he appoints leaders and by his Spirit equips them, so that believers may grow in faith, develop disciplined Christian living, serve others in selfless love, and share with all the good news of salvation. He taught us the spirit of true leadership when he said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave–just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:26- 28).
Elders serve by governing the church in Christ’s name. They received this task when Christ entrusted the apostles and their successors with the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 16:19). Elders are thus responsible for the spiritual well-being of God’s people. They must provide true preaching and teaching, regular celebration of the sacraments, and faithful counsel and discipline while keeping in confidence those matters entrusted to them. And they must promote fellowship and hospitality among believers, ensure good order in the church, and stimulate witness to all people.
Deacons serve by showing mercy to the church and to all people. They received this task in the early church when the apostles designated special persons for the work of mercy (Acts 6; 2 Cor.8-9). In Christ’s name the deacons relieve victims of injustice. By this they show that Christians live by the Spirit of the kingdom, fervently desiring to give life the shape of things to come. Deacons are therefore called to assess needs, promote stewardship and hospitality, collect and disburse resources for benevolence, and develop programs of assistance. They are also called to speak words of Christian encouragement. Thus in word as well as deed they demonstrate the care of the Lord himself.