“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” . . . 1 Timothy 5:17
The Book of Church Order” describes the “Elder” as man who is one of two equal types. The “teaching elder” (pastor) or “ruling elder” (presbyter or elder.) These men are either appointed or elected with responsibilities of teaching and church government. The office of “Deacon” is filled by a man who is “one of sympathy and service, after the example of the Lord Jesus.” “
The church officers are the teaching and ruling elders and its deacons. Church governance lies with the “Session” (teaching and ruling elders) which has oversight over a board consisting of deacons.
There are opportunities here for men of the church who qualify and feel called to serve.
“8-3. It belongs to those in the office of elder, both severally and jointly, to watch diligently over the flock committed to his charge, that no corruption of doctrine or of morals enter therein. They must exercise government and discipline, and take oversight not only of the spiritual interests of the particular church, but also the Church generally when called thereunto. They should visit the people at their homes, especially the sick. They should instruct the ignorant, comfort the mourner, nourish and guard the children of the Church. They should set a worthy example to the flock entrusted to their care by their zeal to evangelize the unconverted and make disciples. All those duties which private Christians are bound to discharge by the law of love are especially incumbent upon them by divine vocation, and are to be discharged as official duties. They should pray with and for the people, being careful and diligent in seeking the fruit of the preached Word among the flock.”
Book of Church Order, Section 8-3
“9-2. It is the duty of the deacons to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress. It is their duty also to develop the grace of liberality in the members of the church, to devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people, and to distribute these gifts among the objects to which they are contributed. They shall have the care of the property of the congregation, both real and personal, and shall keep in proper repair the church edifice and other buildings belonging to the congregation. In matters of special importance affecting the property of the church, they cannot take final action without the approval of the Session and consent of the congregation.
In the discharge of their duties the deacons are under the supervision and authority of the Session. In a church in which it is impossible for any reason to secure deacons, the duties of the office shall devolve upon the ruling elders.”
Book of Church Order, Section 9-2
More information may be added here.
CONTACT: Don Holwerda, Church Administrator
WHO: Men appointed as Elders and Deacons
WHY: Provide leadership for the church members
WEBPAGE CONTENT OWNER: see Contact