Church Leader

A term used to describe a person elected in a new or small church in which no one possesses the experience or qualifications is necessary for an elder, or no one with such experience or qualifications is willing to assume the position of elder. The leader is to be “responsible for the services of the church, including the business meetings. The leader must either conduct these or arrange for someone else to do so. A church leader may not preside at any of the church ordinances, administer baptism, conduct the Lord’s Supper, perform the marriage ceremony, or preside at business meetings when members are disciplined. A request should be made to the conference president for an ordained minister to preside at such meetings” ( Church Manual [1990], p. 61).

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.