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Leadership and Servants

Elders:

In each congregation, which has existed long enough to become fully organized, there is a plurality of elders who serve as the governing body. These men are selected by the local congregation on the basis of qualifications set down in the scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9). Serving under the elders are deacons, teachers, and evangelists or ministers. The latter do not have the authority equal to or superior to the elders. The elders are also called shepherds, overseers, bishops, presbyters, or pastors, and they serve under the headship of Christ according to the New Testament. There is no earthly authority superior to the elders of the local church.

Minister:

A pulpit minister or evangelist is appointed by the local congregation to regularly teach and preach the Word of God (1 Corinthians 9:9-14).  However, no special titles are used for preachers or ministers that would identify them as “clergy”.  Churches of Christ emphasize that there is no distinction between “clergy” and “laity” and that every member has a gift and a role to play in accomplishing the work of the church, thereby making each of us a minister in our own role.

Deacons:

Deacons are men that have been chosen by the elders to serve in a specific area of the church.   While elders are the spiritual guides who oversee the work of the church, deacons are servants of the church, who assist with the church’s more physical needs.  The Word of God tells us deacons must meet certain qualifications              (1 Timothy 3:8-13).

Secretary:

Our secretary is responsible for keeping the church’s worship handouts, paperwork, scheduling, database, and communications in order, as well as other front office duties.     (1 Corinthians 14:40)