There are no specific tasks outlined in the Scriptures for deacons, but the Greek work diakonos fundamentally conveys the idea of service. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. The ultimate purpose of the Headship of Christ is that He might have pre-eminence in all things. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything. Most Christians think that this is some kind of promise that our Lord will be present with a group of Christians, no matter how few gather. The second phrase ‘through Him’ instructs us of yet another way in which the Headship of Christ is manifested. Whatever this force is, I am told they call it ‘atomic glue.’ If I understand Col. 1:17 correctly Jesus Christ is the ‘atomic glue’ of creation, for it is He that continues to sustain the creation. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:2-3). Pre-eminence in the church belongs solely to our Lord. The New Testament pattern for a church is a simple one. “Continuing in the apostles’ doctrine” implies that there was a teaching ministry going on. Again in Colossians we read, “and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God” (Col. 2:19). You would never be able to get anything done, or come to any decisions that way!” Sir, you are precisely right, humanly speaking. He is the unifying force who binds the body together. I will then discuss that organizational framework for church leadership which this standard necessitates. Did Paul or Peter, or James dictate the will of God when His leading was needed? And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. So far as leadership in the New Testament church is concerned there are only two offices, that of elders and deacons. We said previously that the Headship of Christ over the church was to be seen in His work of giving the body, composed of many diverse members, unity and cohesion. Finally, would you pray for us, that God will raise up leaders, elders and deacons who meet the requirements of His word. Any biblical principle must result in biblical practice. Even God’s creation is praising the glory of its creator: “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Psa. 5:12). It is most interesting that the qualifications for deacons (1 Tim. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. God has diversified His spiritual gifts, which necessitates plurality rule (cf. As Alexander Strauch writes, "By definition, the elder structure of government is a collective form of leadership in which each elder shares equally the position, authority, and responsibility of the office" (Strauch, Biblical Eldership, 39). The pattern of evangelism was established by the first church. 1 Cor. It is that fundamental principle which provides for us the standard by which all organization and leadership in the local church must be measured which I would like to investigate in this message. The word deacon could be translated servant which better describes the nature of this office. Any form of church government which tends deliberately or otherwise to place men in a position of pre-eminence is contrary to God’s purpose. There is no office of pastor; there is the work of pastoring and the gift of pastoring, but there is no office as such. Now what about the practice of the New Testament church—does it square with what I have just said? We make this sound rather mystical, but we are able to discern that a man is an elder just as we recognize than an individual is gifted to teach or to recognize that the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God. And do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 3:1). Jesus Christ is alive and well, He is the Head of the church. 23:8-10). This means that the church congregation itself is the final authority in major decisions such as the calling of a pastor, the purchase or sale of property, and the approval of the church budget. We have already said that in the New Testament, particularly in the life of the Apostle Paul, principle and practice are inseparable. Being a pastor or church leader comes with great responsibility; the responsibility of the leaders to the church, as well as the church’s responsibility to the leaders, so here are the top 14 Bible verses about pastors or church leaders. 12 And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. God’s provision is found in His Word and in His Spirit. 3:8-13) are almost identical with those for elders, indicating the importance of their ministry. “And do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 3:2). That was in the Old Testament before the church. 1 Timothy 3:1-7 - This [is] a true saying, If a man … Neither as being lords over [God's] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. Notice especially verse 25 and the expression, “having become of one mind” (Acts 15:25). Likewise, our Lord Jesus is the Head of the church in the same sense, for He is its Creator. Before long their critics accused them of having saturated their town with the gospel (Acts 5:28). And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. In a similar way, Christ is the Head of the Church as its sustainer, as well as its source. 3:9). While some may suggest there was no organization in the early church, the Bible tells us members, were added (Acts 2:41), job descriptions were present (1 Tim. Bible Verses About Wives