Who We Are
Bethel Baptist Church of Vilas, NC is Pastor-led, Deacon-served, Committee-operated, and congregationally approved. By doing so, our desire is to follow God's plan for His best and His blessing.
Pastor-led as God calls men who live out the biblical qualifications of pastor to provide leadership for the church.
The pastor's role is to edify the saints through:
Teaching - accurate teaching of God's Word
Leading - equipping and moblizing members for ministry
Shepherding - protecting and nurturing the flock so that the church functions as a healthy and unified body.
(I Peter 5:1-4; Acts 20:28; I Timothy 3:1-6; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:7,17)
Deacon-served through the affirmation of the pastor and the church, men are chosen whose lives exemplify the Biblical qualifications for the role of deacon. Deacons are appointed primarily for the purpose of helping the church by freeing the pastor to prepare to teach, to lead and shepherd. They keep the body clear of anything that would prevent it from functioning in a healthy way. They resolve problems, meet needs, and minister to the church.
(Acts 6:1-10; I Timothy 3:8-13; Philippians 1:1)
Committee-operated. Ephesians 4 teaches that the members of the church are to perform the work of the ministry. The Bible says much about commitment and operating in harmony with others of common commitment. We seek to use members in the areas of their spiritual giftedness.
(Acts 6:1-7; Numbers 13:1-2)
Congregationally approved. The congregation invests trust in the leadership of the church to make a multitude of operating decisions. The leadership, together with the affirmation of the congregation, approves major decisions affecting the direction of the church. All official actions of the church, its officers, employees and agents are subject to the discretion of the membership.
(Acts 1:26; Acts 6:3; Acts 15:22; I Corinthians 5:4; Matthew 18:17)
Our purpose will be to live out Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth".