Structure

Redemption is committed to the Bible’s teaching that Elders are to oversee the various functions of the local church. The Bible’s teaching on leadership in the church is found in 1 Timothy 3:1-16 and Titus 1:5-9.

ELDERS

The Bible says that Elders are responsible for the spiritual oversight and leadership in the local Church.

QUALIFICATIONS

 [6] if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. [7] For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, [8] but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. [9] He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. Titus 1:6-9

AND

[1] The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. [2] Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, [3] not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. [4] He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, [5] for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? [6] He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. [7] Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. 1 Timothy 3:1-7

RESPONSIBILITIES

Doctrine – Ensuring that the doctrine of the church is biblical; all doctrinal issues in the church will be settled by the Elders Team. Therefore, the Elders oversee all the teaching ministries in the church.

Direction – Ensuring that the direction of the church is consistent first and foremost with God’s Word, and secondarily with the Redemption Bible Chapel mission and four pillars.

Discipline – Administering in love and humility the process of church discipline as outlined in Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1-4; Titus 3:10; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15; 1 Timothy 5:17-25; 1 Corinthians 5:2; 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 and Romans 16:17.

Plurality

The Scriptures teach that a plurality of men called elders governed individual New Testament churches (Acts 14:23; Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5; Philippians 1:1). The Scripture does not mention any congregations featuring a stand-alone pastor as sole leader, nor does it teach the church is to be run like our political system with representation and voting.  Jesus Christ is the head of the church (1 Peter 5:4), the elders are to follow His leadership as under-shepherds (1 Peter 5:2-4) and lead the church with humility, service and sacrifice (John 13:1-20).

Deacons

The Bible teaches that deacons lead by serving (Acts 6). We believe our ministry team leaders and selected faithful participants on their teams function as deacons and deaconesses even though we don’t use the title deacon/deaconess. Deacons/deaconesses are simply faithful, godly servants in the church.  The qualifications for deacons/deaconesses are listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 which focuses on their character and walk.

Qualifications

Individual of dignity, above reproach, not double tongued, first tested as servants, not addicted to wine, spouses must be faithful, dignified, temperate, not fond of sordid gain, holding to the mystery of faith with a clear conscience, husband of one wife, manages household well. 1 Timothy 3:8-12.

Next Steps

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