A Church You Can Trust
You should be able to trust the leaders of your church. We've compiled a few resources on the safeguards and accountability measures Christ Community Church has put in place to be a place you can trust.
How can we know church leaders can be trusted?
How can we be sure that we have godly leaders worthy of our confidence at Christ Community? Senior Pastor Jim Nicodem taught on how the Apostle Paul described rock-solid church leadership in the 2018 Church on the Rock series:
Are We Managing OUR Resources Well?
Recently, Senior Pastor Jim Nicodem went into detail on our church debt during in his periodic "One Thing" newsletter videos.
We take seriously our responsibility to steward God’s resources well, which is why we have gone through the process of becoming a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. (If you are interested in learning more about this organization, and the standards to which its members are held, you can go to their website at ecfa.org.)
In addition to our membership in the ECFA, we have an annual financial audit performed by an outside accounting firm. During the audit process, the auditors thoroughly review and test our internal controls and accounting practices and procedures before rendering an opinion on the accuracy of our financial statements.
Where does your money go when you give?
The chart below shows the percentage of dollars used to fund each area of activity in our church:HOW is our church leadership structured?
Our church is structured as a staff-directed, elder/trustee protected church. What does that mean? Practically speaking, the day to day planning, directing, and running of our programs and services are carried out by the staff, while our Elders and Trustees serve to protect and shepherd our church.
The Elders protect the church by making sure our teaching is biblically and theologically sound. As the shepherds of our church, the Elders and their wives also spend time praying for people in the church who may be experiencing a difficult situation in their life such as a health challenge, a marriage crisis, or the grief of losing a loved one. They also get involved in conflict resolution when necessary. Our Elders are selected to four year terms and show evidence in their lives of the character qualities listed in 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9. You can learn more about Elder qualifications here and our selection process here.
The Trustees are also selected to four year terms and exhibit the qualities listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-12 set out for Deacons. This group of men and women serve to protect our church through their wisdom and expertise in caring for our physical resources, including our finances and our facilities. They meet monthly and provide counsel throughout the budgeting process, making a final recommendation to the Elders for approval of the annual budget. You can learn more about Trustee qualifications here and our selection process here.
In 2018, Christ Community elder Austin Newcomb was featured in a video to answer questions regarding what our elders do, what he has seen in terms of accountability, and how to handle hurt and doubt about trusting a church.
What is the staff culture like?
To make sure that we have a healthy and thriving environment, we surveyed our staff in 2016 through Best Christian Workplaces in 2016--joining 925 churches, ministries, and Christian-owned businesses who have measured the health of their workplace culture with Best Christian Workplaces Institute over the past 15 years.
We were certified as "flourishing" which is defined by an objective, quantifiable measure of a workplace culture based on overall engagement plus 8 factors: Fantastic Teams, Life-Giving Work, Outstanding Talent, Uplifting Growth, Rewarding Compensation, Inspirational Leadership, Sustainable Strategy, and Healthy Communication.
What are Jesus' expectations for a church?
To kick off last fall's Church on the Rock, Senior Pastor Jim Nicodem taught on what Jesus envisioned for his church. He outlined four activities that we as a church believe Jesus' expects every church to engage in.