Local Church Government
Crossway Church is an Elder-led church, and follows a roughly Presbyterian form of church government. In the New Testament we see that God raises up Elders to lead, care for and protect his church. At Crossway, our Elders are all full-time, vocational Pastors. That means that they can dedicate their full efforts to caring for and leading the church.
In addition, the New Testament identifies the office of Deacon as esteemed servants in the church. The Deacon is an office of service, not of government. Deacons serve the church by facilitating our care for one another through benevolence and mercy ministry. They may also serve in other areas as needs arise.
As part of our church government, we are connected to other Sovereign Grace Churches at the regional and national levels. This provides for accountability, care, and shared mission opportunities. Our Statement of Faith is a confessional document that guides the doctrine and values of all Sovereign Grace Churches. The judiciary system helps to protect our members, pastors and churches by providing for accountability and a means of appeal in cases of church discipline or doctrinal deviation.
Most importantly, we work together with other Sovereign Grace Churches in the spread of the gospel. We do this primarily through church planting, but also through raising up pastors at our Pastors College, and by coming together for training and encouragement at conferences and other events.
You can find out more about our polity in the following documents: