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Sunday Worship Schedule

- 9:30am - English ( Sanctuary )

- 9:30am - Mandarin (Chapel @ Building 2)

- 9:30am - Children (Children's Center @ Building 3)

- 11:00am - Cantonese (Sanctuary)

Note: Nursery service is provided.

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Lay Elders Implementation Plan

Timeline of events:

  1. Interview of lay elders candidates conducted by the 4 Pastors-Elders in April of 2018
  2. Name of candidates to be announced in General Assembly on 5/20/2018, 1:30pm-2:30pm
  3. Prayer and feedback for 60 days
  4. Affirmation by two-thirds vote in Deacon Board meeting on 9/16/2018
  5. Announcement to Church family on 9/23/2018
  6. Ordination ceremony on 10/28/2018, 2:00pm-3:30pm
  7. Lay Elders to serve on Elders’ Council beginning 1/1/2019

Role & Responsibilities:

  1. To oversee LGCC, to chart the ministry direction of LGCC, to teach, to shepherd the flock and to serve as an example. In order to fulfill these functions, lay elders are advised to take part in staff meetings and the Deacon Board meetings regularly; to be involved in Sunday school ministries; to be advisors or counsellors to small groups.
  2. To safeguard LGCC from false teaching, to preserve and promote sound doctrine in accordance with the Bible. In order to fulfill these functions, lay elders are to serve closely with the Pastors-Elders and also the rest of the Pastoral and Ministerial team; provide supervision in teaching ministries of LGCC.
  3. To resolve disputes in the Church, and to administer disciplinary actions as appropriate. In order to fulfill these functions, lay elders are advised to protect Pastoral staff from being misunderstood and attacked by wrongful accusations.
  4. To meet at least once a month in the Elders Council to oversee the entire church’s spiritual state and progress prayerfully and seeking the Lord’s blessings upon LGCC.
  5. Others as Needed

 

Section of the LGCC Constitution related to Elders

a) Responsibilities:

An Elder has three primary areas of responsibility during his term of office:

  1. To oversee LGCC, to chart the ministry direction of LGCC, to teach (I Tim 5:17), to shepherd the flock and to serve as an example (I Peter 5:2,3);
  2. To safeguard LGCC from false teaching, to preserve and promote sound doctrine in accordance with the Bible;
  3. To resolve disputes in the Church, and to administer disciplinary actions as appropriate.

b) Qualifications:

The qualifications for an elder are as follows:

  1. Must be born again;
  2. Must be actively involved in LGCC ministries as a regular member for a minimum of three years or is a current ordained pastor of LGCC;
  3. Must meet the biblical requirements of an elder.

c) Nomination and Affirmation:

Senior Pastor is an automatic member of the Elders Council. Candidates for elders chosen from the congregation must be unanimously nominated by the Elders Council, announced to the congregation in the General Assembly for prayer and feedback 60 days prior to being affirmed by two-thirds of the membership of the Deacon Board.

Other ordained pastors may join the Elders Council upon the unanimous invitation of Elders Council in consultation with Deacon Board and affirmation by two-thirds of the membership of the Deacon Board.

d) Ordination:

Following affirmation, elder candidates chosen from the congregation are ordained by the laying on of hands. The pastors and active elders shall determine the time of the ordination.

e) Term of Office:

  1. The Senior Pastor is always a member of the Elders Council. However, his membership in the Elders Council becomes inactive during his sabbatical leave from the church. His subsequent reinstatement as an active Elder is automatic.
  2. For all other Elders, the term of office is five years, at the end of which he converts to an inactive elder.
  3. An Elder chosen from the congregation who has completed a 5-year term must stay inactive for a minimum of one year before he is eligible to be reinstated as an active Elder following the same nomination and affirmation process as described in Article VIII – 1 c. An Elder chosen from the ordained Pastors is eligible to be reinstated immediately after the completion of his term (also following the process in Article VIII – 1 c).
  4. For Elders who are also Pastors (other than the Senior Pastor), their term of office as an Elder will end at the same time they begin their sabbatical from the church. Upon their return, after 1 year from the start of their sabbatical, they may be reinstated as an active Elder following the same nomination and affirmation process as described in Article VIII – 1c.
  5. Any active Elder (including the Senior Pastor) who leaves the church or is absent from the area for longer than 1 year will automatically be changed to inactive status. Reinstatement of the Senior Pastor as an active Elder is automatic upon his return. For all other Elders, they must remain inactive for 1 year before they are eligible to be reinstated using the same nomination and affirmation process as described in Article VIII – 1c.
  6. Leave of Absence (LOA): The Elders Council shall recognize two types of leaves:
    1. Voluntary: Upon an active Elder’s own request, the Elders Council may grant him up to ayear’s voluntary LOA.
    2. Involuntary: The Elders Council may place any Elder who fails to appear at 6 consecutive regular monthly Elder meetings on involuntary LOA.

    Elders on LOA are not counted for voting purposes. Upon an Elder’s return fromvoluntary LOA he is automatically reinstated to complete his term of office. Elderson involuntary LOA are subject to Elder’s Council approval prior to reinstatement.

f) Number:

The Elders Council shall consist of active elders chosen from the ordained pastors and elders chosen from the congregation. When there are less than 5 total active elders or less than 2 active elders chosen from the congregation or less than 2 active elders from the ordained pastors (who are not on leave of absence) in the Elders Council, any addition,deletion or modification in the Church’s doctrinal position and major change in ministry direction shall not be implemented without the affirmation of the Deacon Board.

g) Meetings:

The Elders Council shall determine its own meeting schedule, but must meet at least once a month. The chairman is to be elected by voting within the Elders Council every two years.

h) Termination:

Termination of an active elder from either his eldership or the Elders Council prior to the end of his term must be initiated by at least 2 members of the Elders Council and must be approved by two-thirds of the total membership of the Elders Council and Deacon Board in a joint meeting to be chaired by the Chairman of the Deacon Board.

i) Peer Review:

Active Elders are required to have annual peer reviews.

j) Voting:

An unanimous vote is generally desired but a minimum of 80% must approve before a decision can be passed.

 

 

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