EFCP ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
CHRIST AND THE CHURCH
Christ is the Head of the church (Eph. 1:22; 5:23). It is His will that must be done, not the will of any man. The church is not governed by the will of man. The leaders of the church are Christ’s under-shepherds; He is the Chief Shepherd (1 Pet. 5:2, 4). The leaders are to lead as God wants them to be (1 Pet. 5:2), and they will give an account to Christ (Heb. 13:17).
ANNUAL CONFERENCE (AC)
The AC is the highest body of the EFCP. It meets annually in May, and alternately between National and Regional conferences. It is held to conduct the general affairs of the EFCP, including business, fellowship, prayer, reports, inspiration, and instructions. The AC is composed of: delegates from the local churches, licensed workers and their wives, representatives from the ministry organizations and the ministry arms. The AC elects the members of the EFCP National Board of Directors.
NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS (NBD)
The NBD is the policy-making body, and serves as the interim body between conferences to conduct business for, and exercise, the powers of the organization. It is composed of nine members: five elected at-large at the National Conference; three regional representatives; and the EFCP president.
The president is the Chief Executive Officer of the organization responsible in the implementation of the policies and objectives formulated by the NBD and/or the Annual Conference. He is hired by the NBD for a four-year term and affirmed by the AC.
BOARD OF MINISTERS (BOM)
The BOM is the governing body of the Free Church Ministerial Association (FCMA), responsible for the ministerial concerns of the EFC workers, including ministerial licenses and ordination. It is composed of nine members: two each from Luzon and Mindanao, four from Visayas, and the EFCP president. They are elected for a two-year term by their regional FCMAs at the National Conference.
REGIONAL COORDINATING COUNCIL (RCC)
The RCC is the coordinating body for the churches in each region: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao. They are elected for a two-year term by the delegates and workers of the Regional Conferences.
The ministry organizations are the recognized groups in the regions, such as: men’s, women’s, youth, young adults, and Kids For Christ.
The ministry arms are denominational ministries including, among others: ETCP, EFCDCI, Profil.
The ministers are the EFCP licensed workers approved by the BOM. They are part of the AC together with the delegates of the local churches. They are recipients of the EFCP’s ministry – to enhance, to equip, and empower – so that they can effectively fulfil their God-given task or calling.
The local churches are the end result or the ultimate reason of the EFCP ministry – to develop, to equip, to build up, and to empower – so they can multiply. EFCP is of the local churches, by the local churches, and for the local churches.
EFC LOCAL CHURCH ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
The congregation, under Christ, is the highest or final authority in the church. It is composed of believers who individually sign the Membership Form and approved by the Church Board.
Its authority include, among others, the following:
*. Approve the annual church budget as recommended by the Church Board
* Elect or affirm and empower the Church Board
* Approve the calling of the Senior Pastor as recommended by the Church Board
* Final authority in the sad state of a dysfunctional church governance.
The primary role of the church members is to exercise their spiritual gifts for the ministry. The congregation meets annually for its Annual General Meeting.
The Church Board is the policy-making body of the church, elected or affirmed and empowered by the congregation to take care of the well-being of the church. It appoints and empowers a senior pastor to lead the church. It serves as the sounding board for the pastor’s vision and direction. The church board meets once a month to receive the ministry and financial reports.
The pastor is the spiritual head and the over-all leader of the church’s ministry. His primary role is to feed, lead, intercede, and to provide overall vision and direction for the church.
During the Church Board’s monthly meeting, the pastor presents ministry updates being the over-all leader of the church ministries. And after the meeting, everybody submits to the leadership of the pastor for ministry implementation.
The senior pastor’s accountability is through the chairman of the board only – he should not feel he has many “bosses” in the church, or he is accountable to all the members of the board.
MINISTRY HEADS AND CHURCH STAFF
The pastor shall be empowered to hire his staff. He is responsible for, and has authority over, the ministry heads of the church.
The church members are the end result or the ultimate objects of the church’s ministry. They need to be nurtured towards spiritual growth and development, and be equipped for their ministry in the church and their mission to the world. The local church is of the members, by the members, and for the members.