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 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up – Ephesians 4:11-16

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

Bishop Dr. John Baker

Bishop Dr. John Baker

Co-Adjuctor Bishop - Fellowship & Church Network

In life we face many different struggles, and with each struggle we must know the value of Love, Faith, Wisdom and Hope. For without it, we will never achieve or be able to overcome the most unreasonable struggle of all and that is "Sin" itself. God has given us the tools to use in order to be faithful all that we do, and he continue to lead us on a positive and creative path.

Bishop Dr. Shae Waters

Bishop Dr. Shae Waters

Presiding Bishop - Ministerial Development

A man of God and wisdom, using his skills as a protector of the community within the state of Maryland, Bishop Waters allows his faith be the guiding light that help leads others to the truth, his goals is to transform the lives of those who are lost into the lives of those who desire to save others from making the same mistake.

Evangelist Rev. Pat Williams

Evangelist Rev. Pat Williams

General Overseer - Outreach Network

I am blessed to be called into ministry, for I find joy and peace each time see someone come forth and say yes to the love of Christ.

Bishop Dr. Tony Smith

Bishop Dr. Tony Smith

Senior Bishop - Operations & Development

You see many of people are able to feel blessed to know that God has forgiven them, but do you know to truly be forgiven, the father need you to forgive yourself. You see true forgiveness is not obtaining forgiveness from those you have cause pain or from those whom you may feel should forgive you, but to actually be able to forgive yourself, and allow that true forgiveness to lead your very heart and soul to the enhance mercy of God.

Rev. Darren Labrecque

Rev. Darren Labrecque

Co-site Director Mental Awareness Program

As a Pentecostal believing that all the spiritual gifts are still at work today in our live as believers in Christ. Rev. Labrecque begin the ministry Bo-Hun Recovery Outreach with his beloved wife Noel. The ministry present more then just caring for others, but also provide a platform that deals with our youth and young adults on a level that many are afraid to address.

Evangelist Ms. D Labrecque

Evangelist Ms. D Labrecque

Assistant Director of Mental Awareness Program

Evangelist Labrecque is a strong woman of God, allowing here gift of support group mentor and spiritual concept to be a value in helping her husband Minister Rev. D. Labrecque build a solid and unique platform to help others understand the process in helping those who are dealing with mental issues.

Pastor X. Estes

Pastor X. Estes

Senior Pastor of CWM

In his love, and true fellowship, Pastor Estes continues to allow the spirit of God lead him on a journey that grant him the very strength to help change lives through biblical teaching, prayer, compassion and inspirational fellowship. Pastor Estes is the Senior Pastor for Compassion Word Ministries of Chicago, IL.

Leadership Articles and Policies

LEADERSHIP

Believing in the priesthood of all believers and recognizing that the Bible prescribes various offices of church authority, we have a simple and flat organizational structure, which provides order while avoiding hierarchy as much as possible.

All of our spiritual and local leaders are chosen from among our congregations and serve without pay.

UECA Inc.  Government & Leadership Articles

Article 1. Christ is the Head of the church, the chief Shepherd; and all authority flows from Him.

Ephesians 1:22-23

Colossians 1:18-20

1 Peter 5:4

Article 2. A variety of spiritual and administrative leadership offices exist in the local congregations for the orderly function of the church. These offices include elder, deacon, ministers, trustees, Sunday school teachers and various other offices as found needful. Direction is sought from the congregation for filling local leadership offices either by vote or personal suggestion. The decision for appointment rests with the elder, a responsibility given to Timothy by Apostle Paul.

2 Timothy 2:2

3. The elder (bishop) and deacons are selected in light of the desirable character qualities of leadership given in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1:5-9. The congregation's sentiment for support of a ministering brother for elder responsibilities is obtained by ballot and/or interview of the local church members. The decisions for appointment of elders and ordained deacons rest with the  Elder Body which utilizes an interview process.

Acts 6:2-6

4. Duties of elders, deacons, and ministers:

A. Ministers are responsible for preaching and teaching the Word at worship services. Ministers are also responsible for assisting the elder with providing counsel and making decisions that relate to the local congregation.

B. A deacon serves as assistant to the elder and performs all ministerial duties.
Acts 6:1-6

C. An elder is the administrator of the spiritual matters of the church. He performs the rites (baptism, laying on of hands, communion, marriage), counsels converts and members, and performs all ministerial duties.

Hebrews 13:7

Hebrews 13:17

1 Peter 5:1-5

5. Discipline of erring members is administered for their spiritual welfare and for the preservation of the church, always with the goal of assisting restoration of the erring soul to God. The elder is responsible for administering discipline in the assembly of believers with their support and for their benefit. When by God’s grace and mercy a disciplined individual is restored to relationship to God, the elder is also responsible for reinstating those individuals to membership after receiving appropriate counsel from the Elder Body.

1 Corinthians 5

Galatians 6:1

2 Thessalonians 3:6

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15

1 Timothy 5:20

Denominational

  1. There are approximately 60 active elders who meet semiannually to handle national governance matters.
  2. Doctrinal authority rests with this elder body which depends on the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the Word for guidance.
  3. There is no hierarchy within the elder body. Each is of equal authority and responsibility except that a rotating committee of five elders elected by this body handles correspondence, prepares the agenda and conducts orderly meetings, and responds to special local congregational needs.
  4. The elder body is responsible for the approval of elder and ordained deacon candidates and establishment of major church projects.
  5. Extensive communication and cooperation exists among the elders. There is frequent interchurch visiting and assistance with duties such as communion, facilitation of testimonies, ordination services, and many other important matters.

Leadership Principles

As part of developing a Vision, Purpose and Guiding Principles for our Church Body, the elder brothers acknowledged the need to hold themselves accountable to a set of leadership principles. These principles are presented with the expectation they will align church leadership together around the truth and grace of God, behavior consistent with our Master, Jesus Christ and the long standing expectations of godly people everywhere.

God’s Word, the Holy Bible is the ultimate authority
We will not go beyond it, nor diminish its requirements of us as servants of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 3:16)
We are brothers among brethren
We serve an international brotherhood with respect and esteem for all (Mark 10:45) We are peers to all our brothers and sisters in our flocks (1 Peter 5:3)
As servant leaders we are subject to our co-elders and the counsel of the Elder Body (1 Peter 5:5)
We defer to the collective decisions of church leadership
Our congregations are a part of the international church body, not a body unto themselves (1 Cor. 12:12)
We are servants together of Christ, not representatives of a segment of the church (1 Cor. 1:10-13)
To shepherd with integrity and honesty we will:
Develop and disciple others for their benefit and welfare (1 Peter 5:2) Respect the diversities of gifts among all brothers and sisters (Gal 3:28) Equip sisters and brothers to fulfill their biblical roles in church life (Rom 16:1)
Be open to the way believers of various countries and cultures express obedience to God’s Word (1 Cor. 12:12-14)
We will model our behavior and decision making after Christ and the Apostles being sure:
Not to please ourselves, but to edify the church body to strengthen itself in love (Eph.4:12)
To take heed to ourselves that we do not seek dominion, but to be helpers of another ’s faith and joy (2 Cor.1:24)