Covenant Relationship between First Baptist Church Maryville, TN and Emerson Wiles, Jr.
This Covenant between First Baptist Church of Maryville, TN and Rev. Emerson Wiles, Jr. is entered to provide clear understandings about relationships and responsibilities necessary to bring glory to God through the growth of the church and the transitional pastor throughout the tenure of his ministry. The church and transitional pastor are pleased to enter into this covenant, effective August 11, 2013. This covenant shall continue until a pastor called by the church has begun his ministry in the church or until health problems or other emergency conditions make it necessary for the transitional pastor to resign. This covenant can also be terminated by any party with a minimum of two weeks notice.
Led by the Spirit of God, the transitional pastor agrees to the following:
- Seek the mind of Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all things.
- Be a person of integrity in his family, the church, and the community. Be loving and gracious to all. Be diligent in work according to the work schedule shared with the church.
- Use his ministry gifts, knowledge, and wisdom to glorify Christ through the church. Provide spiritual leadership to the church. Lead the church through the stages of transition:
1. Viewing the church's history through the eyes of Christ.
2. Affirming biblical principles for church growth.
3. Focusing on kingdom results.
4. Establishing church practice.
5. Allocating resources to support effective church practice.
6. Finding a pastor to lead in fulfilling God's future for the church.
7. Helping the pastor get a good start in the church and community.
- Preach to instruct, inspire, and enable the church through transition.
- Coordinate baptismal services; officiate weddings and funerals; or delegate responsibility, as needed and available.
- Manage conflict to produce healthy, productive relationships in the church.
- Lead the church staff; delegate responsibilities to staff members or church officers.
- Lead the Church Leadership Team in its tasks or delegate responsibility.
- Counsel other church leaders and ministry teams regarding their work.
- Evangelize the lost through preaching and also personally as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
- Care for people with special needs and lead others to be involved in caring ministries.ministries.
- Respect the ministry gifts of church members and encourage their growth and Involvement in the life of the church.
- Train the Pastor Search Committee and assist as a process consultant.
- Be unavailable for a call to the office of pastor.
- Represent the church in community and denominational activities.
Led by the Spirit of God, the church agrees to the following:
- Be loving and gracious to the transitional pastor and his family.
- Pray for spiritual power in his life and work.
- Respectfully relate to him as God's anointed leader for this task.
- Support this leadership with active participation in the church's ministries.
- Talk with him about personal concerns instead of talking about him to others.
- Provide the resources for doing the work to which he is committed. Provide a salary and benefits commensurate with the duties of his office.
- Free him to do the work for which he is called as other church leaders and members fulfill their responsibilities.
- Form a Transitional Focus Group.
- Follow his leadership in conducting a LISTEN UP! Workshop.
- Follow his leadership in conducting a Viewing the Church's History Workshop.
In as much as the Transitional Pastor has responsibilities that cannot be measured in definite schedules of time, he will give care to scheduling his time and activities to best serve the Lord and the interests of the church, allowing time for personal and family needs. The Transitional Pastor is not a full-time pastor and the church will not expect full-time presence. The church will expect the Transitional Pastor to fill the pulpit at scheduled worship services on Sunday and Wednesdays, will be available to the elders, church staff, deacons, and church task forces as needed to conduct the ministry of the church during this transitional time. The Transitional Pastor is also allowed one day a week at home for the purpose of study and prayer. Unless otherwise agreed, the Transitional Pastor will be available to the congregation on Sundays and Wednesdays unless the pastor establishes other office hours and informs members of the schedule.