To help steward God’s mission and ministry at Pleasant Street, we have a leadership structure that includes:
1) Leadership Council made up of the Sr. Pastor, Elders, and Deacons (elected for 3-year terms) who are responsible for the overall administration and governance of Pleasant Street’s mission and ministry. Their tasks call for believers who are Christlike, who are mature in the faith, and who exercise their offices with prayer, patience, and humility.
Elders :: Protect and promote the vision of Pleasant Street and work directly with the pastoral staff in achieving the goals of the mission of the church. They conduct membership interviews, oversee worship, and participate in the pastoral care of our members. They can be best described as shepherds of the church. Our current elders are: Don Godeke '15, Steve Haringa '15, Bert Bowden '16, Tony Brookhouse '16, Phil Buurma '17, Tom Cooper '17, Randy De Vries '17, Chris Vander Baan '17.
Deacons :: Serve by confidentially helping people in and outside Pleasant Street in practical ways. Deacons serve the social, emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual needs of those who are in crisis or in need of a little help. They provide financial assistance for rent, food, counseling and medical assistance, utilities, and other expenses. A great image for understanding the ministry of a deacon is that of a servant. Our current deacons are: Carol Schaver '16, Greg Vanden Akker '16, Les Bangma '17, Chris Epplett '17, Emily Fortna '17, Jonathan Mc Clure '17.
2) Ministry Teams that lead particular ministries...
Shepherding :: Oversees the Care, Shepherding, Compassion, and Prayer ministries of Pleasant Street. They are faithful in visiting the church family, encouraging them in their spiritual walk with the Lord, and showing compassion toward those who are experiencing difficulties of various kinds. Made up of our pastors, 5 elders and 5 deacons.
Grow :: Oversee all the faith formation ministries of Pleasant Street, paying particular attention to curriculum development, faith formation milestones, and ministry planning. Made up of our pastors, directors of children and youth ministries, and an elder.
Worship :: Oversee all aspects of our worship planning and programming--Sunday mornings and other special worship gatherings. Made up of the Sr. Pastor, Director of Worship Ministries, worship elder, and 3-4 members gifted in this area.
Serve :: Oversee all the local and global missions that Pleasant Street is involved in. Made up of our Service Deacon and a number of members gifted in this area.
Faith Promise :: Oversees all of our wholistic missionary support. This team is made up of 5 members.
Administrative :: Stewards all of the human, financial, technological, legal, and facility resources that undergird Pleasant Street’s ministry and mission. They are responsible for maintaining an environment in which the local body of Christ can operate efficiently and effectively in building the body of Christ. They have the authority to act on all matters consistent within the budgets, policies, and goals approved by the Council.
3) Ministry Staff :: Pastoral and professional ministry personnel (both paid and volunteer) that lead in key ministries.