Any discussion on Church Leadership must start with Jesus.
- The Church Belongs to Jesus
- I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it. – Matthew 16:18
- Jesus is the Head of the Church
- He is the head of the body, the church. – Colossians 1:18
Once we have established the place of Jesus in Church Leadership, we turn to the structures of human leadership that He has put in place in the Bible.
Three Groups in the church
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: -Philippians 1:1
How do these groups work together?
The congregation is a specific gathering of regenerated believers, who in obedience to scripture; organize under, and willingly submit to, biblically-qualified leadership; come together regularly for preaching and worship; observe the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper; are held accountable through discipleship; and go out into the world to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as missionaries for the glory of God and the salvation of humanity.
Matthew 16:15-19, 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47, 5:11-14, 6:3-6, 13:1-3, 14:23,27, 15:1-30, 20:28; Romans 1:7; I Corinthians 1:2, 3:16, 5:4-5, 7:179, 13-14, 12; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 3:8-11,21, 5:22-32; Philippians 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3, 21:2-3
Deacons are biblically-qualified believers who are called by the congregation to the work of guarding the unity of the church through service.
Acts 6:1-7 & 1 Timothy 3:8-13
Elders are biblically-qualified men who, in council with other elders, lead the church as shepherds. This shepherding responsibility includes three primary tasks; leading, feeding, and protecting. Elders are to lead by example through service, feed through the regular teaching and application of God’s Word, and protect the congregation from both internal and external danger. An Elder is a steward who has been called to love and guard the flock of God until the true Shepherd, Jesus, returns.
Titus 1:5-9, 1 Timothy 3:1-7 & 1 Peter 5:1-5
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