The congregation represents the final authority on all matters of church life. Recognizing that both Jesus and Paul appealed to the congregation as the adjudicating body on matters of discipline, we structure our polity congregationally. We are a self-governing church, captive only to the will of God (Matthew 18; 1 Corinthians 5). Accordingly, the congregation votes on its leadership, admits and dismisses members, and stands accountable to God for its public teaching and preaching.
PHBC strives to carry out these great responsibilities by calling members to involve themselves in one another’s lives, holding quarterly family communication meetings (i.e., members' meetings), and emphasizing in our teaching the centrality of the gathered body. Our vibrant congregational life serves as a testimony to the sense of communal responsibility we share.