sSome years ago, the board chairman of a large church announced to the congregation that portions of the “New Testament did not apply to the church today.” He was struggling with what God had said about church leadership. He did not like what he was reading or hearing. He viewed God's truth about church leadership as being “ancient” and unpractical. The focus and vision of the church today is often driven by organizational values, concerns and agendas that are not biblical. God's principles are ignored either directly or through well intentioned neglect.It is a spiritual axiom that the quality of the spiritual leadership - the spiritual shepherds - affects the spiritual health of the local church. The church is a barometer of the spiritual life of its shepherds. It is very difficult for church members to grow beyond immature spiritual shepherds.God's passion for each of us is that we would love Him and seek Him. The spiritual shepherds of the flock should be examples of men who know that God greatly loves them and who in turn deeply love and desire to know Him as one would a very close friend. When the spiritual shepherds love Him, the church will be dynamic and vital. God is seeking men who really love Him and desire to shepherd the flock His way. It is our heart felt desire that the following documents and past questions and answers will minister to you as you seek God’s pattern of biblical leadership.

Leadership - Q&A

The following questions and answers are related to church leadership. We encourage you to explore them and ask questions.

Who are the elders, overseers and pastors?

What are the qualifications of an elder?

What are the pastor's duties to a church?

Can a pastor be the chairman of the church or the leadership?

Since I am divorced, can I be in the ministry?

Should our pastor continue in the ministry after his wife divorced him?

Can we elect divorced men to serve as deacons?

Can a single man become a deacon? Can a woman be a deacon?

Is there a difference between a church leader and a spiritual leader in the church?

How should I go about teaching my congregation about church leadership?

What does a Christian do when their pastor sins?

Our pastor has sinned. The elders will not take action. What should we do?

How do you approach your pastor if he is teaching error?

Is it right for pastors to get paid as a profession?

What is the church's responsibility in caring for a pastor?

What is real church?

Is there one true church? Jesus prayed for unity.

How do I know which church to attend?

When should a person leave a church?

Should I leave since I do not agree with the doctrine of the church?

Should the institutional church exist?

What are the scriptures that talk about Christian Education?

Isn't selecting a pastor like casting lots?

Leadership Documents

Below are various Bible studies that explain the qualifications, duties or responsibilities and ministry of leaders of a church. The leaders of a church are elders, deacons and deaconesses. One of the major studies in this section is "Church Leadership – Function and Qualifications of Elders." It was previously titled "Recovering The Pattern of Church Leadership."
January 15, 2019 | Hebrews 5:11-14
September 4, 2006
July 4, 2006
January 20, 2005 | Jeremiah 29:13-14

God’s Design For The Church

October 17, 2013

Marks of Spiritual Maturity

August 13, 2008
September 4, 2009
June 12, 2006
April 7, 2006
June 11, 2009

Leadership Messages - MP3 Audio

The following messages provide the biblical teaching about church leadership in a church. Philippians 1:1 reveals that God's leaders include elders and deacons.  You will discover the qualifications that God wants us to use in selecting them, their responsibilities and how they are to function. We would encourage you to listen to the message "Moses – Call To Faithfulness" from the book of Numbers in the Bible Book Studies. May God grant you insight as you listen.

Overview of Church Leaders – Elders and Deacons

Verse(s): Philippians 1:1

Elders – General and Personal Qualifications

Verse(s): 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9

Elders – Qualifications Related To Responsibilities

Verse(s): 1 Timothy 3:2, 4-5; Titus 1:9

Elders – Team Qualifications

Verse(s): 1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7-8

Seven Questions About Elders

Verse(s): Various Passages

Elders – The Spiritual Shepherds

Verse(s): Various Passages

Deacons and Deaconesses – The Helpers

Verse(s): Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:8-13