TCW is currently non-denominational. That is, we are not affiliated with a particular denomination. Our pastor, Matt Ryman, is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America, which provides him with the ministerial support and accountability he desires.
Although we are a non-denominational church, we intend to utilize a Presbyterian approach to church leadership. This means the church will be shepherded and guided by ordained Elders and Deacons who will address the spiritual and physical needs of the congregation and community respectively. TCW's Elders and Deacons will be nominated and elected by the congregation, trained by the pastor, and ordained by the church.
The word "Presbyterian" comes from the Greek word for Elder (Presbuteros). Churches that utilize a Presbyterian church governance style benefit from what has been historically been called "the plurality of Elders." This means there isn't any one person in charge. Instead, all of the Elders of the church (including the pastor) operate as a team of shepherds who make decisions that will affect the church by prayerfully discussing the options, seeking guidance in God's word, and taking a vote. We believe this approach is biblically based and helps the church's leadership effectively care for the congregation and bless the community.
TCW is part of the Acts 29 Network. Acts 29 is a global community of healthy, multiplying churches. They offer church leaders decades of experience-proven training, guidance, and tools for planting churches designed to grow and thrive. Pastor Matt went through A29's church planter assement and passed with flying colors.
The Acts 29 US Midwest Assessmetn Center said, Matt is “an excellent preacher, communicator, [and] facilitator...We are confident that God has gifted him to plant a church in Wayzata.”