Leadership Principles

Those who lead within the Body of Christ are called to a higher standard than those who simply participate. Recognizing that there are variety of trends within the Body of Christ which undermine its fundamental mission, effectiveness, and credibility, we have adopted a statement of leadership principles. The FCF Core Ministry team agrees to these principles, helping to ensure that we are all working together for the ultimate health of the local church as well as the Body of Christ at large.

  • We believe in the self-government of the local church. We believe it is the responsibility of the local church to exercise discipline should its leaders err in doctrine or commit sin.  We will exercise this process without favoritism, and likewise submit ourselves to it. (1 Cor. 5:1-13; 1 Tim. 5:20-21; 2 Tim. 1:14-26; Titus 1:6-9)
  • We commit to making leadership decisions in the best interest of those we lead, not our own interest. We refuse to ask people to lift burdens we ourselves would not carry.  Instead, we lift burdens from others which they cannot carry. (Mt. 11:28-30; Lk. 11:46, 2 Cor. 11:9, Gal. 6:2)
  • We will encourage the operation of the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit and actively develop them in the lives of all believers. (Mt. 10:8; Rom. 1:11; 1 Cor. 14:1-40)
  • We accept the sacrifice associated with the call of the gospel.  On the other hand, we do not believe that sacrifice gives us license to neglect the fundamental needs of our families. (1 Cor. 9:5; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 1 Tim. 5:8)
  • We believe unbelievers are drawn to God by a proclamation of the truth, not by cultural accommodation or “watering down” the gospel. (1 Tim. 4:1-2; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; 2 Pet. 2:1-3)