Church Government

We see 4 primary components for church government in the New Testament Scriptures.

First, we see Christ as the Head of the Church (Eph 5), the Chief Shepherd of the Flock (1 Pet 5). When we talk about local church polity, we are not debating who gets to be the boss and ruler of God’s people. This is one shepherd (John 10:16) over the sheep and His authority is clearly expressed in His Word.

Second, we see a membership that takes responsibility for the ministry. When we used the word membership we mean partnership. Clearly, the New Testament identifies local churches consisting of redeemed individuals who partner with one another for the sake of the gospel. This partnership produces accountability, ministry and mission.

Third, we see elders who lead and oversee the church (Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Hebrews 13:7,17; I Peter 5:1-4). This is not inconsistent with the fact that Christ is the final and ultimate authority in the church. Under Jesus, these men are called to provide 

Fourth, we see deacons (1 Tim 3:8-13) who ensure & organize care for the church. It is of most importance that the church care for one another. This is clear in Christ command to His disciples (John 13:34-35) & in the practice of the early church (Acts 2:44-45).

On the left side of this page you can find links to our current elders & deacons.