Governance Documents & Policies
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Eastside Community Church Constitution
At Eastside we are fundamentally governed by God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and believe it is the supreme standard by which all human conduct and opinions should be tried. While we are fundamentally governed by the Bible, there are other documents that help us in the day-to-day governance of operating a church. We recognise that these documents are not on equal footing with the Bible; that is, they do not hold the same authority in our life as the Bible, however, we do think there are important documents that serve important purposes.
Our church constitution helps us fellowship and make decisions together that reflect the will of God and not the interests of individuals. The Bible also teaches us how the church is to be organised and governed, and much of our church constitution addresses the Bible’s teaching on that topic. More specifically, our church constitution outlines some of our church’s necessary and practical operations.
God’s Word expects that all Christians are committed members of a local church where they covenant together in shared bonds of mutual accountability (John 17:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Ephesians 2:19-22, Philippians 2:1-11). Becoming a member of the local church is a living commitment that expresses a love for the Lord Jesus, and a desire to seek the good of the local church over self-interest. Every person who becomes a member of Eastside Community Church makes a commitment to watch over and care for other members, and it is a commitment to be watched over and cared for by other members. Our membership covenant outlines our expectations of one another and how we live together as a church.