Leadership

Elders,Deacons & Congregation: Respective Roles

Elders

Shepherds who oversee; decision-making body; equip others for ministry

Deacons

Managers & administrators; advisory body

Congregation

Workers who make Christ real-visible; approving body

Elders

Why Elders? The consistent pattern of government (i.e. type of leadership) found in the New Testament for the local church is rule by a plurality of elders (i.e. each local church is independent of any outside binding authority and is led by a team of equally authoritative elders rather than a single pastor—see Acts 5:11, 20: 17; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:12). A plurality of elders is the assumed form of government found in the instructions to pastors Timothy and Titus (1Timothy 3:1f; Titus 1:5f). The language of Acts 14:23 demonstrates that a group of elders was the pattern of local church government appointed for each church established by Paul on his first missionary journey shortly after they began.

Deacons

The Deacons are called to be Ministers of Mercy, serving the physical needs of the body of Christ and serve under the direction of the Elders. In order to do so, the board establishes several standing and as-needed committees and teams that administer to the routine and specific needs of the body including, but not limited to: Benevolence, Facilities, Grounds, Set-Up, Communion, Nursery and Childcare, Worship Support and Security. The Deacons are also responsible for administering and distributing church benevolence.