What do we believe?
We believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three “persons” the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutional and atoning death through His shed blood and sacrificial death on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.
What is the leadership here at The Edge?
The Edge is an elder led church. We believe this is in harmony with the New Testament instructions regarding church leadership and that the church be led by a plurality of qualified elders. The Bible instructs the elders to oversee the church and care for the flock spiritually. They are the primary group who are accountable for the overall health and effectiveness the church. Ultimately, Jesus Christ is the head of the church, so the essence of the elders’ role is to seek His direction in overseeing and caring for the church.
We are no longer a pastor led church, meaning that we are not led by one person, but by a plurality of leaders. When we hire a lead pastor, he will serve as one of the elders and work with the rest of the team to lead the church while also holding the responsibility of the bulk of the teaching. The elders seek input from a variety of people, especially our church’s ministry leaders, but the elders have the authority to make overall directional decisions for the church. In addition to moving to an elder led church we are also in the process of identifying possible candidates to serve as deacons. The deacons will have their own set of duties to help with the day to day ministry needs.
What are the advantages of an elder led church? The advantages to being an elder-led church are many. Accountability is provided within the team format. Leadership is given through men with a variety of spiritual gifts and decisions are made through the wisdom of multiple godly people. An elder-led church also helps alleviate burnout for the lead pastor while sharing the workload with the board. Another advantage is the board is able to make decisions in a timely manner to ensure the ongoing health and effectiveness of the church.
For further study on Biblical eldership we encourage you to read the following scripture:
1 Timothy 3:1-7, 4:11-13, 5:17; 2 Timothy 2:2, 3:16-17; Titus 1:5-2:1, 5:22; Acts 20:17-38; 1 Peter 5:1-11; James 5:13-16; Hebrews 13:17, 20; Ephesians 1:22-23.
Why are we called “The Edge”?
In the Old Testament, God instructed His people not to completely harvest their crops but to leave the edges of the field for the poor and the stranger (Leviticus 23:22). In this simple command, God made clear His love and concern for the weak and the lowly. The edge of the field stood as a reminder of God’s compassion and grace toward those in need. Welcome to The Edge!