Jesus Christ alone reigns as head over His church and has gifted to His church the spiritual office of elder/pastor to rule, govern, and lead local churches under His authority (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:11; Titus 1:5). We believe that God designates in His word a plurality of men, qualified by both character and gifting, are to jointly serve as elders, shepherding God’s people as under-shepherds of Christ (1 Timothy 2:12; 3:1–7; 1 Peter 5:1–3).
The primary role of an Elder (presbuteros) is to oversee (episkopos) and pastor (poimen) those within their local church body (1st Peter 5:1-4). We believe these appellations denote the same office while describing different functions. The biblical norm for church leadership is a plurality of God-ordained elders. We believe that only by following this biblical pattern will the church maximize its fruitfulness to the glory of God.
Functioning in adminstration or ministry roles, the core staff within the local church hold invaluable positions of ensuring the Word of God is clear in all aspects of church operations and that the saving Gospel preached is unabaded.