With much gratitude to God and His people, we are thrilled to share that, on May 16th 2021, our membership voted on the Board’s proposal to open the door for women to serve on the Board of Elders (and remove the male-only language in our bylaws that enshrined this practice). This is something many have prayed and worked toward for years.
After two years of congregational conversation, Sunday teachings that explored what the Bible teaches on women in church leadership, small group studies, theological discourse, pastoral letters on church history and biblical exegesis, a congregational meeting (on May 2nd), and a lot of prayer on the part of many – a very strong representation of our members gathered on Zoom for our SGM, and the motion to make the amendment was approved with an 81% majority.
This vote affirms the unity of conviction that has grown in our community and leadership over the last number of years - that, interpreted in context, the gospel of Jesus Christ (as revealed in the Old and New Testament) opens the door for women and men to participate together as equal partners in life and leadership. Consequently, we believe that the Church is best empowered to experience, follow and glorify God when fully empowered men and women are leading together in diversity and mutuality.
Chris Berghuis, our current Board Chair, closed the SGM with the comments:
Even though a large majority of our members have affirmed their desire to see men and women serve as elders at our church, we recognize that there are some who disagree. We would like to walk alongside you with this transition over time and want you to know that you are, as always, loved as part of the LPC family.
As the Board, while we all move forward, we also ask for you to exercise unity and wisdom as we collectively digest this decision. We pray that you would continue to love and uphold each other, that you would continue to serve one another selflessly and that the love of Christ would be evident to all who encounter the LPC family.
If you are interested in the road that led us to make this change, we have linked teaching, letters and helpful resources below.