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Mountainview Family,  

Last Sunday I spoke about Mountainview’s mission, which is to affect life change, and our strategy, which is to belong, grow, serve. An easy way to remember our strategy is to remember we want to be with Jesus, become like Jesus and do what Jesus did. Our priority is to make disciples because this is what Jesus asked His disciples to do.

As I write this, I’m preparing for our annual Elders Retreat. I’ve mentioned the word Elder a few times lately and thought it would be good to clarify the role of our Elders here at Mountainview. 

It’s difficult to summarize the role of an Elder in a couple of paragraphs, but I want everyone to have a correct understanding of who an Elder is and what he does here at Mountainview.   

An Elder is a man who meets the qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. As an independent congregation, Mountainview is self-governed and self-supported, so our Elders have the responsibility to lead our church and oversee all the affairs of the church. (1 Timothy 3:2; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:2).   

The New Testament makes it clear that church leadership should be made of a plurality (more than one) of Elders. (Acts 14:23; Acts 20:17; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy. 5:17; James 5:14).  

Our Elders watch over the members of the church and are accountable to Jesus Christ, who is “head over all things to the church, which is his body…” (Ephesians 1:22, 23). They are to provide guidance, instruction, and encouragement. They are to give strength to the weak, to guard the vulnerable, and to correct the divisive or stubborn (2 Timothy 2:24-25; Acts 20:28; 1 Thessalonians 5:14). Jesus is the Good Shepherd and our Elders are “under shepherds”, appointed to care for His flock, the church... 

As our Elders meet today and tomorrow, would you please take a moment and pray for us? Pray for us as individuals and as a group. We want to follow God’s leading and His plans for our church family this year and in the years to come. I’ve listed their names below.


Steve Muma                               Mike Pflaum                                      Dave Lane

Jack Kennedy                             Dick Carroll                               Tanney Staffenson

Arnie Lopez                                Steve Morrow                                 Scott Leithem

Larry James                             Tom Santillanes


I hope you will plan to join us this Sunday. Pastor Christian will be sharing about one of the many challenges facing students today. This key challenge is something we need to address as an entire church family. His message will be another opportunity to be All In as we strive for God’s Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. 


Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tom