The Elders at Grace Fellowship are accountable to the church body in three ways. One, they are accountable personally. If there is any time that a member of the Leadership Team (Elders) sins against a person they are to meet with that Elder with two or three witnesses (see 1 Timothy 5:19-20) and if restoration is not made then it proceeds to the Leadership Team (Elders) and, if restoration is not made, it proceeds toward a public rebuke. Two, each Elder is held accountable to other Elders who are members of Grace Fellowship. If an Elder is violating Biblical standards then the other Elders (who are part of the church body) are responsible to deal with their brother in Christ who needs help to turn from an attitude or action that does not fit a follower of Christ. Third, if the Elders as a group are perceived or accused as not acting according to Biblical standards then, according to our church By-Laws, any ten members who feel the Elders are acting in sin can initiate a meeting with the Elders. If this meeting does not bring restoration then these ten members can call for a church-wide meeting in accordance with special meeting guidelines set up in the church’s By-Laws to address their concerns. We hope to never see this happen, but it does create accountability at the “highest” level of authority within Grace Fellowship to provoke God-centered leadership.
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