Within the New Testament, we see a beautiful picture of Family in every level of the Church including within leadership. Paul tells us that the Church is God’s household – His Family (1 Tim 3:14-15). He also tells us there is a way to act that imitates the family God originally created to be healthy but has fallen due to sin (see Gen 1-2). The redeemed Family known as the Church is our Triune God’s plan to usher in the Gospel of Jesus to all the earth. Family is the launching pad for all we are and do!
It is within this Family that we recognize God’s various roles of leadership. Within the local church, the Lord has set forth pastor / elders to oversee the entirety of the Church (see below for more). On more focused levels, we see deacons (called Directors below) functioning as leaders of individual ministries (Acts 6:1-6). Aiding, encouraging, and providing leadership for leaders, we also see a healthy component of translocal leadership or regional apostolic leaders (Eph 4:11-13; Acts 11:27-30; Acts 15:1-22; Acts 20:28-31; and many more). For a quick reference on these three areas of responsibility in leadership of God’s Family, see Philippians 1:1.
We believe and honor the full function and existance of Ephesians 4 ministers including apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers still in function by the grace and gifting of the Holy Spirit today. For more on these giftings, click here.
The function of pastor / elders can be simply explained in four areas. They lead, feed, care, and protect the flock. In leading, they help provide direction in vision, big picture relations, and next steps towards God’s given mandate on any local church (1 Tim 5:17; 1 Pet 5:1-5). In feeding, there is a clear mandate to lead, direct, oversee, and help many to flourish in Biblical teaching that keep the local church healthy and running towards Jesus, our Ultimate Aim (e.g. John 21:17, 1 Tim 3:2; 1 Tim 4:13; Titus 1:9-2:1) . In caring, these shepherds help to bring comfort, prayer, encouragement, and counsel to the flock (e.g. Acts 20:35; James 5:14). In protecting, shepherds are on the look out for and confrontation of false teaching, unhealthy relational behavior, and support of leaders spiritual health (e.g. Acts 20:28-31; Titus 1:9-16).
While our pastor / elders function in different roles according to gifting, each has no more value than the other. Jesus is the “Senior Pastor” and He is the only person the church cannot live without. This is very similar to each member in the congregation, each are equal with different roles and responsibilities. View our Eldership and other teams below: