“But all things should be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians. 14:40
Good order is a sign of a house managed well. The same is true for the body of Christ, the Church. Disorganization ruins the family of God, just as it would any other family. It is the product of laziness, carelessness, and a lack of love. A house in good order, on the other hand, is a sign of love for God and for each other.
The Reformed churches have sought to follow the practice of church government as recorded in the New Testament. The office of “elder” or “overseer” is called by God to shepherd and oversee the body of Christ by protecting, teaching, and leading. (Acts 20:17, 28; 1 Timothy 3:1 – 13, 5:17 – 25; Titus 1:5 – 7; 1 Peter 5:1 – 2)
The minister or pastor is a special kind of elder devoted to preaching and teaching (1 Timothy 5:17).
The other office called by God is “deacon” (Philippians 1:1, 1 Timothy 3:8, 12). Though every member of the church is called to minister or serve, deacons are those called to an official, public position within the church. They oversee the practical, material needs in the church by receiving the contributions of the congregation and distributing them appropriately. As such, they can also be called “ministers of mercy” since they are in the position of the church’s practical care ministry.
These offices form the consistory or governing body of a local church. They work together to maintain order in the local church so that it may carry out its mission to announce the good news of Christ and extend His Lordship throughout the world.
Forest Grove Reformed Church Consistory
Tom Miedema, Co-VP
Bill Veldhuizen, Clerk
Evan Peuse, Co-VP
Jon Keppel, Chairman
Brett Oosterink, Treasurer
Ryan Vande Bunte
Pastor Paul Burmeister
Congregational Care Ministry
Purpose: Demonstrating care and compassion for church family and community, being aware of the needs of the people, and working closely with the consistory and pastor.
Description: This committee is to help plan programs and events to demonstrate care and compassion for people in the congregation and community. They are to work closely with the consistory and pastor to be aware of the needs of people.
Lay Coordinator: TO BE DETERMINED
Visitation: Pastor Doug Hoeve
Social: Jeff Smit & Jeremy Koortering
Community Engagement Team
Lay Coordinator: TO BE DETERMINED
Scott Brouwer & Joe Clausen
Lay Coordinator: Carol Holwerda
Mark Brouwer & Dan Camfferman
Outreach - Mission Team
Purpose: The Mission and Outreach Committee encourages a mission-minded focus for the church by supporting and encouraging missions local and abroad.
Description: This committee is to call on new people in the community and to be a close link with missionaries that the church supports. They are to help the church seek out mission needs of the community and the world. They are to suggest mission support programs to the consistory.
Lay Coordinator: Bonnie Oosterink
Evangelism & Mission: Dave Brouwer & Craig Cotts
Forest Grove C.L.C.: Bill Veldhuizen & Jason Mulder
Vacation Bible School: Dave Brouwer & Craig Cotts
Christian Learning Center
Maintenance/Church Parsonage/Grounds: Brandon Osterink
Vehicles: Jason Mulder
Repair Committee: Lay Coordinator – Brandon Osterink
Worship Ministry Team
Purpose: To coordinate and evaluate the worship services so that they please God and build up the church.
Description: This Committee is responsible for all that happens in and to worship, from greeting people to ushering; to music, to decorations, banners, preaching, drama, sound system; to providing organ and piano and other musical instruments.
Sacraments and Pulpit Supply: Randy Lubbers, Derk Smallegan
Music: Randy Bennett