It has always been a goal of The Edge to truly operate as an elder led church. Through the changes we have faced over the last couple of months, the board has taken this time to prayerfully consider the possibility of moving to a church led by a team of elders. We believe this is in harmony with the New Testament instructions regarding church leadership and that the church be led by a plurality of qualified elders. The Bible instructs the elders to oversee the church and care for the flock spiritually. They are the primary group who are accountable for the overall health and effectiveness the church. Ultimately, Jesus Christ is the head of the church, so the essence of the elders’ role is to seek His direction in overseeing and caring for the church.
How will an elder led church be different? We are no longer a pastor led church, meaning that we are not led by one person, but by a plurality of leaders. When we hire a lead pastor, he will serve as one of the elders and work with the rest of the team to lead the church while also holding the responsibility of the bulk of the teaching. The elders seek input from a variety of people, especially our church’s ministry leaders, but the elders have the authority to make overall directional decisions for the church. In addition to moving to an elder led church we are also in the process of identifying possible candidates to serve as deacons. The deacons will have their own set of duties to help with the day to day ministry needs.
What are the advantages of an elder led church? The advantages to being an elder-led church are many. Accountability is provided within the team format. Leadership is given through men with a variety of spiritual gifts and decisions are made through the wisdom of multiple godly people. An elder-led church also helps alleviate burnout for the lead pastor while sharing the workload with the board. Another advantage is the board is able to make decisions in a timely manner to ensure the ongoing health and effectiveness of the church.
For further study on Biblical eldership we encourage you to read the following scripture:
1 Timothy 3:1-7, 4:11-13, 5:17; 2 Timothy 2:2, 3:16-17; Titus 1:5-2:1, 5:22; Acts 20:17-38; 1 Peter 5:1-11; James 5:13-16; Hebrews 13:17, 20; Ephesians 1:22-23.