Our leadership isn’t the church. We all exist to humbly serve and train the church to proclaim Jesus and live for Him each day. Jesus is the head of the church, which means that He has authority over it and His Word guides and governs it. As a church, we are striving to be humble, holy and Bible-saturated as we live each day for God’s glory and not our own.
Because Faith Bible Church values its members and their leadership and service, we strive to keep a small staff so that we are stewarding resources well. God has diversely gifted the church and we see Him at work as people use their gifts and talents in the church (Eph 4:12-16). The vast majority of FBC’s ministries are led by its lay membership. If there are ministries that we currently do not have, we want to equip and help our members to start them.
Deacons are men who minister in the church in special areas of service, under the oversight of the eldership (Acts 6:1-15). These tested men have met the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3, and are gifted servants who lead the church in practical ministry and hands-on care for members of the church. Their goal is to free up the elders to focus more specifically on the ministry of the Word and prayer.
The church is to be led by a plurality of qualified and diversely gifted men who work together, in equality and unanimity, to lead God’s church to love Him more. The Bible describes an elder as one who shepherds, leads, teaches, admonishes, and guards a local church family. They are to be men of character, who exemplify the Christian life to believers and the lost alike (1 Tim 3, Titus 1).