Southern Tier Family Life Church operates under a pastoral form of church government. This Biblical organization of the local church recognizes that the person or persons chosen by God to be the Pastors bears ultimate responsibility and authority for the church under Jesus’ direction. The Pastors are the senior visionaries for the church and are always subject to God’s direction and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Although the Pastors have the ultimate responsibility of answering to God for the progress of the ministry, wisdom and state law dictate the institution of a Board of Trustees. Appointed by the Pastor, the Board of Trustees serve to provide spiritual and practical guidance for ministerial operations. They provide sound oversight for the ministry, as both a New York State religious corporation and Biblical institution. The current Board of Trustees of STFLC consists of Pastors Joe and Dawn Coudriet as well as their Pastor, Rev. John R. Carter of Abundant Life Christian Center. In the future, as the Lord leads, the number of Trustees will be increased.
As the ministry of Southern Tier Family LIfe Church grows the training of candidates for full and part time ministry positions will increase. In addition to the providing of ministry functions common to all those called; weddings, funerals, administration of communion and praying for the sick, ministry candidates will be trained in accordance with the practice established in the Word of God and recognized by the Board of Trustees.
Currently Joe and Dawn Coudriet, as Pastors, serve as the established elders of the church. As the church grows they will, by the Holy Spirit, recognize other men and women to serve the growing needs of the church. Those selected to serve as Elders receive that recognition by the Pastors who will pray for them in the presence of the congregation.