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There is a distinct pattern for church leadership in the New Testament, although the pattern seems to be assumed rather than specifically prescribed. The New Testament mentions two official positions in the church: deacons and elders (also called pastors or overseers). The words elder (sometimes translated “presbyter”), pastor (which may be translated “shepherd”), and overseer (sometimes translated “bishop”) are used interchangeably in the New Testament. Even though these terms often mean different things among various churches today, the New Testament seems to point to one office, which was occupied by several godly men within each church. The following verses illustrate how the terms overlap and are used interchangeably. 

See Acts 20:17-35; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Timothy 5:17; Acts 6; 1 Timothy 3:8-13. (the above two paragraphs are from Got 


The Congregation is involved in selection and approval of Pastor – Elders.  And they (pastor/elders) are to lead and equip the church to accomplish its God given mission under Jesus Christ; and do this in the power of the Holy Spirit.  As such biblical insight and application of the Word of God to all aspects of the church’s life is key in this process.  And the church family entrusts themselves to their God called leadership on mission.  The fruit of the Spirit in all this is essential.  The church is much more than a social good ole boy network.  Americanized Christianity has hurt the church.  Having done church health and revitalization in this chapter of my life; it requires a fresh teaching of God’s Word and some repentance to “vector” back to the biblical mission.  But we must remember that this is not a “man thing.”  Anytime God’s people commit to His local and global mission and a renewal of their personal walk with Jesus;  I have seen Him work time and again in a supernatural way among His people.  We CAN trust God!


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