In scripture, we find three distinct groups of people who exercise some form of leadership in the local church: the congregation, consisting of all church members; elders, those men appointed to spiritual oversight in the church; and deacons and deaconesses, who serve the congreagation in hands-on, practical ways. These groups work in concert to lead, with the congregation having authority in major decisions (i.e. in matters of doctrine and discipline). These roles help us share responsibility - they do not create authority structures. The congregation is in authority over itself under God.
Pastoral Team of Elders
The elders guide and direct the spiritual life of the church, particularly focusing on matters concerning teaching, preaching, encouragement, and prayer.
Deacon Ministry Team
The deacons and deaconesses assist the elders by coordinating various ministries that relate to the physical needs of the congregation. They each may oversee a particular church ministry. At their discretion, the deacons and deaconesses gather volunteers in support of their work. More than serving, the deacon ministry promotes service.