About  Our Leadership

Westlock Gospel Chapel is an Overseer led Church.

The Overseers are a group of men who seek to meet the qualifications set out in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-4. Together they seek to lead the Church as God leads them and the Congregation.

Overseers serve indefinite terms, until they move on, need a break, or fail to meet the qualifications of an overseer.

Anyone in the Congregation can hold an Overseer accountable according to the guidelines set out in Matthew 18:15-17 and 1 Timothy 5:19-20.
 

Decision Making

The Overseers seek to make decisions in the light of God’s Word by consensus, seeking full agreement among themselves before moving forward with any decision. While this may be less efficient than majority rule in the short term, we find it more in line with God’s Word and unifying in the long term.

Throughout the year, the Overseer invite and seek the input of the Congregation in their decision making. They report to the Congregation at the Church’s Annual General Meeting, which takes place in February of each year.
 

Meetings

The Overseers meet as a group twice a month (normally on the first and third Wednesday) in order to pray and discuss the concerns of the Church.
 

The Overseers…

Set Direction: What are we going to do?
Establish Goals: What has to be done?
Appoint Leaders & Delegate Tasks: Who’s going to do it?
Hold accountable: What has been done?
 

Pastoral Workers

The Overseers include paid and non-paid individuals. The paid Overseers are called Pastoral Workers or Pastors. They are remunerated by the Church according to 1 Timothy 5:17-18, since they carry a larger share of the work load. As Overseers, they share an equal measure of authority with the non-paid Overseers. As paid workers, they report to the non-paid Overseers. Among themselves, they function as co-pastors, without hierarchical designations. The Pastoral Workers meet weekly to pray and discuss the week-to-week needs of the Church and the running of its programs.
 

Overseers Emeritus

WGC also recognizes a number of mature leaders who once served as Overseers. These individuals do not meet with the Overseers on a regular basis. They are, however, informed about the Overseers’ discussions. The Overseers consult with them when the need arises. And they make recommendations to the Overseers from time to time.
 

Becoming an Overseer

A man becomes an Overseers when he is recognized by the existing Overseers and the Congregation as one who meets the qualifications and does the work. Here are the steps by which a person might become an Overseers:

1. Anyone in the Congregation may recommend a man to the Overseers. The person making the recommendation is asked to speak to one of the existing Overseers without speaking to the person they are recommending.

2. The Overseers who has received the recommendation will bring it to the Overseers for consideration at one of their meetings.

3. If, after considering the recommendation, the Overseers agree that the individual does not qualify, the Overseers who received the recommendation will let the person who made it know the Overseers’ decision.

4. If the Overseers agree that the individual does qualify, a designated Overseers will approach the candidate to let him know that he has been recommended and to ask if he will consider joining the Overseers.

5. Before saying “Yes” or “No”, the candidate will be asked to:
 
Pray about it

Examine himself in light of 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1 & 1 Peter 5

Speak with his wife and family

Meet with the Overseers for an interview

Attend one or two Overseers meetings

Become familiar with the beliefs of the Church, its vision and the way it functions.
 
6. If the candidate is willing to become an Overseer, the Overseers will make this known to the Congregation. Members of the Congregation will be given one month to bring their concerns in writing to the Overseers. If no substantial concerns arise during that month, the candidate will be asked to join the Overseers.