Bblical Leadership...Saints, Elders and Deacons

A church made up of Saints, Elders and Deacons

  1. Saints: Born-again, baptized believers who do the “work of the ministry.” Using their unique spiritual gifts, the Saints are to display hospitality (to neighbors, friends, family, co-workers and strangers), evangelize, pray for one another, minister to one another, provide teaching for those gifted in teaching, etc. Fathers to shepherd their flock at home. Mothers to support their husbands, care for their children. Children to obey their parents. Each member has the right to give input in matters of the church.
  2. Holy Spirit called and biblically qualified plurality of Elders. Elders that genuinely shepherd, oversee, rule, lead, train, disciple, walk among the flock. Elders share in and provide oversight, shepherding, teaching, equip the men to shepherd their own households, raise up others to be Elders and/or church workers (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers). The Elders are the final authority in the church, but that does not come after much congregational input and consensus.
  3. Saint-chosen, Elder-appointed, biblically qualified, biblically serving, plurality of Deacons. Deacons serve the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and financial needs of the Saints. Collect and distribute offerings under the oversight of the Elders.
In matters of church decisions: When a decision of significance needs to occur within the church body, it is the duty of the Elders to bring the issues before the church. The Elders will have final authority in these decisions, but that will not come until they seek and receive full congregational input and consensus.