Harvest is governed by the leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the head of the Church. The Elders are the pastors of the church responsible for the teaching and oversight of the ministries of Harvest. Harvest has both Vocational (paid) Elders and Non-vocational (volunteer) Elders.
The Executive Elder Team (XET) is comprised of both vocational and non-vocational Elders. It consists of the Lead Pastor, the Executive Pastor, and at least three Elders who are non-vocational and independent (not related in any way to another Elder or to any other employee of the church). These Elders are appointed at the annual meeting of the Elder Team for a one year term. The primary responsibility of the XET is to manage the property, business and affairs of Harvest Community Church.
At Harvest, we believe the terms “Elder” and “Pastor” are interchangeable and that the fundamental duty of the Elders is spiritual oversight. The primary tools of the Elders for this task are the Bible, prayer, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Both vocational and non-vocational Elders are responsible to prayerfully lead the church to grow the health and size of God's church everywhere. Each member of the Elder Team is, therefore, equal in authority.
Our Elders have regularly scheduled meetings. Our Vocational Elders and staff meet weekly, usually on Tuesday, to discuss and coordinate the ministry events of Harvest, and to pray for each prayer request communicated to the Church that week. The Campus Elders meet regularly with their Campus Pastors and the Executive Elder Team meets monthly to conduct the business of the Church.
Office Manager/Administrative Assistants
Our office staff supports the operations of our church and its ministries through many administrative functions on a weekly basis. This effort is coordinated through our Office Manager who assists our Pastors, Elders, and leaders in so many ways. We find the operational backbone of our efforts in this support group.
In addition to Elders, Harvest has Deacon positions. These men and women are selected by the Elders and must complete a study of biblical leadership in addition to a period of substantial service with Harvest's ministries.
Harvest believes that the people of God are to be involved in various ministry efforts. You will find many of these ministry efforts led by our Deacons and Deaconesses who help to coordinate and align God’s people to function efficiently. If you find yourself with questions on any ministry of function of Harvest, your Deacons and Elders are a great place to start seeking what you need.
These teams are comprised of small groups of people just like yourself who carry out the day to day work of God’s Church. Some examples of these teams include our Prayer Team, Missions Team, Jail Ministry Team, Women’s Ministry Team, Media Team, MOPS, Harvest Kidz and CRAVE. For more information regarding areas available for you to serve, contact your campus pastor or contact the church office.
When facing potential problems within the church, we are committed to dealing with people rather than dictating impersonal policies that attempt to deal with future problems. Our goal is always restoration. The pastor and the rest of the Elder Team care enough to confront potential problems so that peace may be maintained in the body of Christ. (Matthew 18)
There are at least three reasons for having formal "church membership."
- The concept of membership is Biblical. A member is a “part” of the body of Christ, the local church.
- Formal membership is valuable to the leaders of the church as they seek to fulfill their God-given task of shepherding. It is important to identify the core that can be counted on to build and sustain the ministries of the church.
- Finally, and perhaps most importantly, experience shows that membership benefits the individual. Recognizable membership is an important step that moves each of us out of the vague clouds of good intentions and into the clear light of committed participation. Each Christian should be an active part of a local church and under the spiritual care and protection that brings. We invite Christians to join us in our ministry, binding our lives and ministries together and committing to love one another in Christian community.
We are committed to having every member of our church being involved in some form of ministry. Harvest Community Church is a place to serve, not observe!