An elder’s primary role is to shepherd our congregation (1 Peter 5:1-5). This works out in the functions of leadership, government, spiritual discernment and discipline. Peter insists that elders embody the wisdom, character, and humility of Jesus: “not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock” (v.3). The group of elders is a representative body, called the Session. The Session leads and make decisions for our church via committees in each ministry area: Ministry Support, Multiplication, Worship, Formation, Care, and Missions.
The qualifications of an elder are described in 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, and Acts 6.
A deacon’s primary role is to serve the physical needs of our church and community, modeling the mercy of Jesus. This is a role of compassion, witness, and service, helping those in need. The group of deacons are organized as a board, called the Diaconate, which operates via committees: Facilities, Ministry, Local Mission, Service, and Stewardship. They also administer the Deacons’ Fund which supports those with temporary financial needs both inside and outside our congregation.
The qualifications of a deacon are described in 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, and Acts 6.
The Board of Women is a leadership body that complements the ordained leadership of the church (elders and deacons). Board of Women members serve the whole church through shepherding, service, and prayer, with extra attention to women’s ministry. Board of Women members serve alongside the Session and Diaconate, advising in all aspects of church life.
We’ve identified qualifications for Board of Women members in Titus 2:3–5 and 1 Timothy 3:11. Learn more about the Board of Women.