Local oversight of the church’s affairs means essentially two things. First, the Centreville church is autonomous. That is, it makes its own decisions and manages its own affairs. We are not affiliated with any larger religious association, conference, diocese or other network or structure unknown in the New Testament.
While churches in the 1st century communicated ( Col. 4:16; Rom. 16:16) and even helped one another when needs arose ( 1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 8:1-7), no scriptural structure ties churches together or makes them accountable to other entities. Members at the Centreville church teach their own classes, preach their own sermons, and donate and disburse the church's own funds. There are no “satellite” churches or branch congregations. We are a self-contained, local church.
Secondly, the Centreville church is blessed with elders who oversee the spiritual welfare of the members ( Acts 20:28; Heb. 13:17). These men meet the criteria laid out in the New Testament; they are mature men of knowledge and sound judgment ( 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-11).
Mark Carlton, elder
Jim Jonas, elder
While these men are given authority by God to guide the congregation in ways of godliness and good judgment, the congregation is also served by three deacons ( 1 Tim. 3:8-13) who assist in meeting various needs. This ensures that whatever is needed of a physical or spiritual nature is supplied in a timely way by fellow Christians who love and serve one another, even as Christ did His disciples.
Mike McKinsey, deacon
Danny Glover, deacon
|Terry McCall, deacon||Justin Mandala, deacon|