GFBC has a plurality of provisional elders as our form of church governance. These individuals share in the responsibility to hold one another accountable to the truth of Scripture, to teach and preach the Gospel (in various capacities), to do the work of an evangelist, to provide oversight and Godly counsel to one another and the church (not based on man’s wisdom but instead pointing back to the Scriptures and the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all things).
We are “provisional” in that we acknowledge the Lord’s absolute sovereignty to remove any or all of us from this dangerous responsibility as the Lord sees fit, or if we disqualify ourselves through sin, or if it becomes evident that the grace of God is not enabling the work. Also, if this is His calling, then we are confident that He that begun a good work will finish it, but are warned that Psalm 127, “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” If this calling is His calling indeed, then we expect the good fruit of His Holy Spirit to be evident in our lives and in those of the church, that His Gospel will be proclaimed faithfully, and that His Word will be exposited accurately. If not, then we pray the Lord will remove the lampstand of this church. We also pray for His abundant mercy and grace. His will be done in all things.
We strive to cleave to the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture for all matters of faith & practice, and to the careful application of the Bible based on a proper historical-grammatical hermeneutic. This is a grave responsibility we approach with fear and trembling. If we were to stand on our own strength we would fail, but we cleave in our weakness (for His strength is made perfect in weakness), on the only thing we can; to the merits of Christ, to the Gospel (which is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes), and to the Holy Bible.
We acknowledge that full-time ministers of the Gospel have the Biblical authority to be supported by their local congregation. However, we have decided to follow the Apostle Paul’s example and not be “chargeable” to the church, hence all of these men are bi-vocational. These individuals currently are Don VanBlaricom, Sean Scott, and Michael Miller. We list our names here, not to boast or receive honor from men, but only so that we can be held further accountable to the church and to other believers at large. If any of us have spoken amiss, then we beg our brethren from other churches to admonish us accordingly, to even rebuke us, that peradventure we can find a place of repentance. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As brethren submitted to one another in the fear of the Lord, we don’t take this task lightly, and truly it is a responsibility to which only the Holy Spirit, according to His grace, can enable any man to perform faithfully. We acknowledge it as a serious and dangerous responsibility with potentially eternal consequences. God help us.