I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the suffering of Christ as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples of the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory - 1 Peter 5:1-4
Elders // Scripture is clear that the elders of the local church are entrusted with protecting, leading, equipping, serving, and caring for that specific local expression of the church. We have committed to the concept of team leadership - or an elder led church. Our elders work together to steward the church body in all areas. Even the weekly teaching at our Sunday gathering is a shared responsibility between a few of our elders, as teaching pastors. All of our elders are readily accessible to the church body for guidance, counseling, and prayer.
Partners // A partner is a person who has committed to The Church at East as their home church and thus are able to serve as leadership, nominate elders, have a major voice in major decisions, and share in the responsibility of the church. A partner is one who gives to the church body with prayers, presence, gifts and service.