HOW WE FUNCTION
VALLEY VIEW COMMUNITY CHURCH

WHY WE EXIST

Valley View is a community on a mission to fulfill the great commandment and the great commission by spreading the love and good news of Jesus Christ and his kingdom.

 

By design, the church functions using a streamlined structure of leadership sufficient to satisfy legal requirements, yet simple enough to effectively and efficiently accomplish its mission and fulfill its vision.

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Legal Stuff


The name of this church community shall be Valley View Community Church. The church began meeting on September 12, 1993, in Valley Forge National Park. On November 2, 1995, Valley View Community Church was registered as a nonprofit corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of engaging in all activities which pertain to a church. The church received Federal 501(c)(3) tax exempt status on October 25, 1996.




How We Handle Resources


Financial integrity and wise stewardship are paramount in the handling of resources at Valley View Community Church. Full disclosure of financial information is available anytime upon request and complete financial reports are issued annually for the October through September fiscal year. No part of the net earnings of Valley View Community Church is used to benefit private individuals. The church, however, does have the authority to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions that further the mission of the church.




How We Handle Change


A lead staff member or an elder team member cannot be dismissed from service without a consensus of the elder team. If a lead staff member departs and needs to be replaced, the elder team is responsible to select a successor(s) who will continue to help lead the church according to its mission and vision. Should the church choose to dissolve, the elder team, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all liabilities, shall determine how to transfer all remaining assets to a similar not-for-profit organization(s) operated exclusively for charitable, educational or religious purposes qualifying as exempt under section 501(c)(3). These bylaws were drafted by faithful but fallible people. Should the Spirit of God point out the need to revise this document in any way, changes must be agreed upon by a consensus of the lead staff and the elder team.




Current Elder Team


Current members of the elder team are Matt de Montaigne (lead staff), John Tall, Vera Zanders, Curtis Hannah and Renée Kovalik. Current members of the deacon team are Jon Kovalik (lead deacon), Carla Tuhacek, Ginny Johnson, Jill Slawecki, Megan deMontaigne, and Rose Brewer.





The leader of Valley View Community Church is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the head of his body, the church, and the chief shepherd of the sheep. Our intense desire is to follow his leadership and reflect his priorities in all that we do. Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, we seek to prayerfully discern God’s guidance for his church.
 

The New Testament gives examples of churches being led by a plurality of godly elders and deacons. At Valley View, these leaders serve on the staff, the elder team, and the deacon team.
 

A servant style of leadership is required of each of these leaders. In John 13:1-17, Jesus modeled servant leadership when he washed the feet of his disciples and commanded us to do likewise. First Peter 5:2-3 encourages leaders to exemplify willing and eager service.
 

The elder team is made up of those who have demonstrated a commitment to serve Christ and the mission of Valley View. 

Elder team members are men and women who meet biblical qualifications like those described in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 and who possess the appropriate gifts, skills, and experience.
 

Lead and support staff direct the day-to-day operations of the church. They are paid for their work so that they are free to devote the best hours of their day to the ministry of Valley View. 

HOW WE LEAD

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In response to this biblical pattern of leadership, the Valley View community is instructed in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 and Hebrews 13:17 to lovingly support and encourage their leaders so that their work will be a joy and not a burden.