Like all Reformed churches, our congregation is governed by a consistory consisting of the pastor(s), the elders and the deacons. Together, the office bearers reflect the three offices of Lord Jesus Christ: the pastors reflect the prophetic office of Christ, the deacons reflect the priestly office of Christ and elders reflect the kingly office of Christ.
Each of these offices has its own task. The primary tasks of the minister are to preach the Word and to administer the sacraments. The primary tasks of the elders are to supervise the conduct and teaching of the minister, to assist the minister in pastoring the flock, and to administer Christian discipline. The primary tasks of the deacons are to collect and distribute the offerings of the congregation and to visit and comfort the sick and the poor.
All of the office bearers are elected by the congregation after being nominated by the consistory. Once elected, they serve a four year term. In accordance with the teaching of Scripture, only male members in good standing may serve as office bearers of the church (I Tim 2: 11).
The Reformed system of church government recognizes the local consistory (consisting of the pastor, elders and deacons) as the ultimate governing authority. But it also recognizes that it is essential for the well being of each church to cooperate with and to be held accountable by other churches. To this end, the churches within our federation meet together locally (at combined consistory meetings) and federatively (at synod) at least once per year. Normally each congregation is represented at these meetings by the pastor and an elder. If the congregation is vacant, the consistory is represented by two elders.
The churches within our federation are also bound to a church order which is based on the Church Order of Dort. This Church Order was formulated by the great Synod of Dort of 1618-1619. The Church Order regulates the government, worship and discipline of the church. As such it helps ensure that all things are done “decently and in order” (I Cor 14: 40).