Through God’s Word, we have been given a very clear, simply pattern of leadership for the local church. We see three main roles and functions: saints, deacons and elders.
There is no higher calling and responsibility within Jesus’s church than to be a saint. Saints are anyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of His body, His Church. We see in God’s Word, that saints are to handle the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:12); which includes worship, prayer, discipling, evangelism, encouragement, edification, etc.
There is then a group saints who also have another function of serving and caring for people within the local church, and they are called deacons (Acts 6:1-7). They are to care for people within the local church by serving and helping facilitate healthy relationships. We see this in Acts 6 where the first deacons were set in to the local church.
There is then another group who do the work of the ministry as saints, shepherd and care for people as Deacons, but also lead and govern the church as elders. They lead by clarifying the doctrine, handling any discipline, and setting the direction. Scripture uses elder, pastor, and overseer/bishop synonymously and interchangeably (1 Peter 5:1-5). Within our context, we use the term pastor or elder interchangeably as well.
Here is our active leadership…