The Pastor shall be the spiritual overseer of the Church and all of its activities. The Pastor shall be one who is a Member in good standing with the Church and holds credentials with the PAOC or another Pentecostal denomination approved by majority vote of the Deacon Board of Directors and the Members, after consultation with the Western Ontario District PAOC District Superintendent.
The Deacon Board of Directors shall designate the Pastor as chairperson to chair all meetings of the Deacon Board of Directors, Members and Committees within the framework of the Church.
The Pastor shall have the right to receive notice of, to attend and to speak at but not to vote at all meetings of the Deacon Board of Directors or any other meeting of the Church, except those meetings where the terms of employment, compensation or performance of the Pastor are discussed. The Pastor may be named to any Committee of the Deacon Board of Directors and as a Member of the Church, and shall enjoy all such privileges as such, including the right to vote.
While the Pastor has freedom to conduct spiritual ministry for the Church, he may from time-to-time seek the advice of the Deacon Board of Directors and the Church Elders pertaining to the ministry of the Church. The Deacon Board of Directors has the right to question the Pastor’s decision-making in all areas of ministry of the Church.
Staff The Pastor shall be responsible for the selection of and the hiring of all staff members and employees, full or part time, and the establishment of job descriptions for such employees as well as the replacement and release of staff from time to time subject to the right of the Deacon Board of Directors to review such actions. The Pastor shall be responsible for assigning portfolios to each of the staff members and developing programs that will engender church growth in the departments that are the responsibility of the staff members.
SECTION 2 QUALIFICATIONS FOR PASTOR
The candidate under consideration for Pastor must be a Member in good standing and hold credentials with the PAOC or another Pentecostal denomination approved by majority vote of the Deacon Board of Directors and the Members, after consultation with the Western Ontario District PAOC District Superintendent.
CHURCH ON THE QUEENSWAY – By-Law No. 2012-1
SECTION 3 PASTORAL NOMINATIONS
A nomination for the incoming Pastor shall be submitted to the Members by the Deacon Board of Directors. Subject to Article VII, Section 1, and Article VIII, Section 1, notice of the meeting at which the elections are to be held must be given on at least two (2) Sundays prior to the election meeting by way of pulpit announcements together with a written notice of the election meeting to be posted in the Church and the Church’s website. The name need not be announced until the voting time. There may, however, be such announcement as determined by the Deacon Board of Directors in that regard.
SECTION 4 ELECTION
The Members shall elect the Pastor. To constitute a proper meeting for the election of a Pastor, a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the membership of the Church must be present at the meeting for the purpose of the election. Election shall be by ballot and a majority of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the membership of the Church present at the election meeting shall be required to elect a Pastor. If they do not obtain fifty percent (50%) in the first meeting, they should adjourn the meeting to be held two (2) weeks later with a quorum of at least thirty-five percent (35%) of the Members present. The election meeting may be combined with any regular meeting of Members or any special meeting of Members with the proviso that proper notice of the election has been given as hereinbefore set forth.
Vacancy Prior to Election
In the case of a vacancy in the position of the Pastor, the Deacon Board of Directors will be responsible to designate a person or persons to perform the daily operations of the Church and to find suitable personnel to fill the pulpit until an election of a new Pastor as set out above can be made.
SECTION 5 PROCEDURE FOR RESIGNATION OF PASTOR
Resignation by a Pastor must be made in writing at least twenty-one (21) days in advance to the President of the Deacon Board of Directors. This notice can then be followed by a pulpit announcement by the Pastor in consultation and with approval of the Deacon Board of Directors two (2) Sundays in advance of the Pastor’s resignation date.
In the event of the resignation of the Pastor, the Deacon Board of Directors shall assume the responsibility of giving direction to the Church regarding a new Pastor. The appointment of a Pulpit Committee shall be the responsibility of the Deacon Board of Directors.