Our Church Government
1. The Church is a theocracy, not a democracy. God is the head.
"For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything." Ephesians 5:22-24 NIV
2. We believe the five-fold ministry gifts are for the Church today.
"It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV
The primary purpose of these ministry gifts is to train up the body to do the work of the ministry.
3. Elders are the spiritual leaders in the local church. Elders are God’s spiritual government for His local church, who bear the spiritual burden of the people, with the pastor, for safety. This is under the authority of Jesus Christ, the Chief Shepherd/Elder/Bishop (1 Peter 2:25, 5:4).
"Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap." 1 Timothy 3:1-7 NIV
"The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it." Titus 1:5-9 NIV
"You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love, and in endurance." Titus 2:1-2 NIV
- God calls elders (the pastor is the head elder).
- This calling is confirmed in the life of the individual.
- The leadership and the body recognize this calling.
4. Deacons see to the physical needs of the church. They are God’s government over the natural things in the local church.
“'Brothers, chose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and ministry of the Word.' This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them." Acts 6:3-6 NIV
"Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus." 1 Timothy 3:8-13 NIV
5. We believe in and practice body ministry. The church is not a place for duffers! (Gifts of 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Ephesians 4:11-12, and Romans 12:6-8.)
6. God has established the lines of authority in the local church:
- God’s authority is for our protection, provision, and promises.
- Authority is based on relationship in line with God’s ordained order.
- All accountability is one to another. (Ephesians 5:21)
7. All leadership positions are a calling to greater levels of servant hood with Jesus as our example. (Philippians 2:5-8)
Our Membership Guidelines
The term "church membership" can evoke some interesting ideas and feelings. In reality, by God's design, being in a committed relationship with a local church family is intended to be simple, meaningful, and empowering. With a quick glance through the Bible, we find God's intentions for all Christians to be connected whole-heartedly to a local church so that each one can be encouraged, equipped, and mobilized in God's purposes (Hebrews 10:25, Ephesians 4:11-16).
We want to take this opportunity to ask you to prayerfully consider joining Victory Christian Church as your home church. This is a serious decision, but one that we believe will have great benefits for you and your family. At Victory we view church membership with simplicity. Joining Victory as a member is like joining a family. In a marriage ceremony we witness the bride and groom's commitments to each other as they become a family. In a similar way, commitments are a natural part of joining a local church family.
The leaders at Victory are committed to encouraging, equipping, and mobilizing our members in the plan that God has for each person and each family (personal vision). We are also committed to leading our church family as a whole into God's purpose (corporate vision).
According to the principles outlined in SECTION VI. MEMBERSHIP of Victory's Bylaws, a person shall be qualified for membership with Victory if the person has first met all of the following requirements:
1. Attainment of eighteen (18) years of age.
2. Wholehearted agreement with Victory's Statement of Faith (a copy of which is available upon request).
3. Personal evidence of salvation as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
4. Successful completion of all membership classes and application processes that may be required by Victory at the time membership is sought.
5. Agreement with the entire contents of SECTION VI. MEMBERSHIP of Victory's Bylaws (a copy of which is available upon request) pertaining to membership, which shall be presumed by the person's undertaking to become a member of Victory, or the person's explicit or implicit indication of assent to the contents of Victory's Bylaws or the principles described therein.
Membership at Victory also means to support the church (people) and the mission (purposes) in the following four ways:
1. Passion - To engage oneself in the church's mission whole-heartedly through relationships and service.
2. Participation - To involve oneself regularly in the life of the church (e.g., worship services, home groups, volunteer opportunities, etc.) through the use of one's skills, knowledge, and gifts. Also, to be active in sharing one's faith as a lifestyle in the marketplace that God has called His people to as ministers.
3. Prayer - To pray for church family members, its leadership, and the lost whom God has placed around us.
4. Provision - To support the church through ones's tithes and offerings, knowing that it is a privilege, joy, and act of obedience to the Lord (Malachi 3:8-12).
Please contact the church at 507-734-2771 or speak with a pastor if you are interested in becoming a member of Victory.