Elders & Deacons
In the New Testament, we see two offices established for the purpose of running the church, the office of Elder and the office of Deacon. Elders are called to be the shepherds of the church, entrusted with spiritual authority, with the responsibility of overseeing the church. The apostle Paul on two different occasions lists qualifications for an elder (1 Tim 3:1-8; Titus 1:5-9), which emphasize character qualities over social status or skill sets. We see in the book of Acts that the Elders are to give themselves to the ministry of the Word and to prayer (Acts 6:4).
Elders are to mirror Christ in being servant leaders caring for and protecting the flock, seeking to lead by personal example, and exercising authority diligently, willing and soberly as a steward of God’s most precious possession, the Bride of Christ, the Church. We believe there is great wisdom and protection in a church that is overseen by a plurality of elders who are seeking to “love mercy, do justice and walk humbly with their God.”
While the elders serve as the spiritual caregivers, the diaconate was established to meet the physical needs of the church (Acts 6). As with the elders, the qualifications for deacons make it clear that character issues are the key in deciding who is a viable candidate to serve. Our deacons serve in a number of ways to facilitate meeting physical needs that enable the ministry of the church to go forward. This can include anything from physical plant issues at the church to helping to meet the physical needs of members of our congregation.
List updated August 2016