We uphold the leadership qualifications prescribed in 1 Peter 5:2-3, 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9.* In addition, we believe leaders should:
- Be open to new vision and the dynamic changing nature of prevailing churches, yet understand, respect, and uphold the traditions of the Episcopal Church as outlined by The General Convention and The Book of Common Prayer.
- Strive to lead people into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Be prayerful people who strive to have daily personal prayer time with the Lord.
- Be committed to being good stewards of Church resources and personally strive towards tithing.
- Be active pledging communicants committed to the mission, and vision, and values of St. James' Church.
- Actively seek to live out the love of Jesus in all areas of their lives and ministry.
- Be team players, willing to work together to bring glory to God and to mutually encourage and support one another.
- Be humble and fundamentally understand that all glory and honor belongs to God.
* 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6: The language in these verses is gender exclusive and assumes a man married to a woman, reflecting the spirit of the times in which it was written. At St. James', in the tradition of the Episcopal Church and in accordance with Scripture, we wholly affirm the equal role of women at all levels of leadership in the church, both lay and ordained. We also accept those into leadership positions who are single or in committed, monogamous, loving, long-term relationships. There are times when marriage is not possible (e.g., widowed persons in a loving, committed relationship, but to marry would cause the loss of health insurance, social security, or other benefits.).
1 Timothy 3:4-5; Titus 1:6: The intent of these passages is not to suggest that all leaders must have children or be parents. What is clear is that if one does have children, that a leader will be a loving, committed, and attentive parent meeting the needs of the child as God would have the parent meet those needs. Again, this passage reflects the spirit of the times in which it was written.