how we operate
How We Operate
Chapel By The Sea, Inc. (CBTS) is a local church serving God in Anchorage, Alaska. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is the Head of His Church. We believe that the Church is comprised of the people in the body of believers, not the campus buildings.
The human government of this church is vested in the voting church members. The offices of elders and deacons form the biblically recognized leadership structure of our local church. The members recognize the elders as the spiritual overseers of the congregation. Pastors are elders who are set apart by gifting to teach and preach. Currently, there are three pastors are among the body of elders. They serve co-equals with the other elders in the church oversight and decision-making. As such, they carry no more weight on the board of elders than do the other men. The deacons, who serve under the direction of the elders, are the servants tasked with administrating the practical affairs of our local church, such as benevolence, property management and various ministries within the church body.
CBTS’ Senior Pastor is the primary preaching/teaching pastor. Our Associate Pastor leads the Discipleship and Care Ministries. Our Youth Pastor leads the Sunday School, High School and various youth activities. The church body has an administrative support staff comprised of a Communications Specialist and an Office/Business Manager who are there to help and serve the church body.
Each year, there are two regularly scheduled congregational meetings. The purpose of these meeting is to hear Ministry Reports of how God is working in our midst and to discuss and vote on motions brought before the members. The annual budget for CBTS is presented at the January meeting for discussion and approval by the church body of members.