I was reading in the New Testament Book of Titus recently. It was there that I read the qualifications for Elders found in Chapter one. As an ordained Deacon and Elder, these verses are always humbling to me as I read them.
There are three offices noted in the New Testament for the local church: Pastor; Elder (also known as Bishop or overseer); and Deacon. Additional qualifications can be found in 1 Timothy 3. The Pastor’s responsibilities are to preach the Word, counsel, and provide direction for the congregation. The Elder’s responsibilities are to set a Godly example, govern the congregation, protect the congregation, and teach the Word. The Deacon’s responsibilities are to be a servant, to help meet the needs of the congregation. They, too, are to be Godly examples. Continue reading