Elders at Reach are biblically qualified men who guide and guard the mission, vision, life, and doctrine of Reach. This includes ensuring that people are being equipped and cared for, and resources are faithfully stewarded. Simply put, elders do all they can to make sure Reach really is being the church and reaching the city.
No. At Reach, “pastor” is a title you will see attached to any man or woman who has been trained and empowered for a formalized leadership role that centers around shepherding people. Our elders are all trained for pastoral care, and calling them “pastor” is an appropriate thing to do if you feel compelled to do so.
At Reach women are encouraged, equipped and empowered to use their gifts to move the mission forward. You will see both pastors and preachers who are women at Reach, and we believe you will be incredibly blessed by them. Here’s where the tension comes in: we believe Scripture teaches that while every ministry activity is open to women, the leadership office of elder is intended for qualified men. If you come from a church background, this hybrid position is probably new to you. If you want to dig deeper on this topic, this document is a great place to start.
For an overview of what Reach believes about leadership roles, including Elder, Pastor, Preacher, and women in leadership, check out the videos from Pastor Brian and Dr. Gerry Breshears below.
While the Elder Team is ultimately responsible for making high-level, financial decisions that serve the mission of the church, Reach's finances are handled by an outside accounting firm, assisted by an in-house bookkeeper, and advised by a volunteer Finance Team.
If you have questions about Reach’s finances you can email email@example.com.
Perhaps the most important thing we can declare is this: Jesus leads the Church! This declaration is not meant to be sentimental or ornamental. On the contrary, this belief should keep every leader at Reach in a place of humility (since they are not the king), prayerfulness (since intimacy is required to discern His will), and rest (for they are not ultimately responsible for building and caring for the church).
The Elder team is always available to the people of Reach, and can be reached any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Elder Candidate process at Reach extends across three distinct phases that can last between 10-12 months in total. The current process is summarized here.