Consistory

Consistory

The Consistory is the governing body of the Community Church in Harrington Park. Its members serve under a call, and are the Elders and Deacons currently serving in office. (elders and deacons not currently serving in office are part of the Greater Consistory). The Consistory combines the ministerial functions and governmental powers of the offices of the minister, elder, and deacon in the service and supervision of the church. The Consistory of the Community Church in Harrington Park is a permanent and continuing body that functions through the Committee process.

Officers of the Consistory include the President (the minister serving under a call), the Vice Presidents (elders) and a Clerk who shall keep a record of all the proceedings. A majority of the Consistory members regularly convened shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. A favorable or unfavorable majority of the votes cast among those convened (providing there is a quorum present), shall decide the outcome of matters brought before the Consistory. The Consistory shall endeavor to learn the mind of the Congregation in such matters, but it shall not be binding.  Any member of the Consistory or Congregation has the right to protest against any act or decision of the Consistory by filing an appeal or complaint with the Classis.

Responsibilities of the Consistory include;

  • Act on all matters calling for judgment and decision, which are not specifically assigned to the Board of Elders or Board of Deacons.
  • Provide a Minister for the Church. The Consistory has the authority to enter into a contract or call persons to the ministry of the Church. The instrument of a call to a minister must be approved by the Classis.
  • Request the Classis to terminate a minister’s relationship with a Church.
  • Provide services of worship and other activities for the spiritual benefit and growth of Christ’s people. (Guidelines for providing services of worship are contained in the Book of Church Order).
  • Arrange for the private administration of the sacraments in instances of emergency or sickness.
  • Provide care and supervision of the Church’s property and financial interests.
  • Supervise the election of Elders and Deacons to membership on the Consistory. (Guidelines for the nomination and election of Elders and Deacons are contained in the Book of Church Order).
  • Maintain an accurate register of all baptisms, marriages, deaths of its members, admissions to confessing membership and transfers to other churches.
  • Provide annual statistical report complying with the requirements of the General Synod.