Elders and Deacons
Each congregation is charged with recognizing those whom God has raised up to lead the local church. It is therefore imperative that we understand what is expected of leaders in the church, as well as the biblical qualifications of those who are to serve as leaders.
The Roles of Elders and Deacons
As you consider people you feel are qualified and whom you trust to lead you and as you consider accepting a leadership responsibility in this or any other church, consider these general descriptions of the tasks we expect our leaders to undertake.
Elders: As the shepherds of the flock of God, the elders collectively share the responsibility for overseeing the teaching and discipling ministries of the church. The Board of Elders is responsible to know the spiritual condition of the flock and to pursue the goal of seeing that each person who is part of this flock is being nurtured toward greater spiritual maturity. Elders are also entrusted with the oversight of all other boards and committees in the church and with determining and maintaining the list of voting members of the church.
Deacons: The deacons assist the elders by assuming responsibility for overseeing facilities and physical needs within the church. The Board of Deacons will work closely with the Board of Elders and be accountable to the elders. It is expected that deacons likewise meet the scriptural qualifications and that they train others to assume responsibility in the ministries they oversee.