Our Leadership

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Our present leadership at Grace is comprised of our Lead Pastor assisted by an Interim Directional Team with point leaders guiding essential ministries in our early stages as a church. Our hope is that in the near future, by God’s help, we will identify, train and install a plurality of elders and a team of deacons to lead and serve the church in a healthy way.

ELDERS
Jesus calls qualified men to lead his church as elders, whom we also call pastors. Qualifications for eldership are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and include leading their families well, a record of serving Jesus well both in the church and in everyday life, a thorough knowledge of the Bible and a mature Christian walk, and a good reputation both in and out of the church. The primary duties of elders include praying and studying Scripture, leading the vision of the church, caring for the people of the church, teaching, living lives that are exemplary, protecting the people of the church from false doctrine and teachers, and developing other leaders.

DEACONS
Grace will be served by a diaconate team that will assist the elders in the day-to-day functions of church administration and activity. Jesus calls qualified members of his church to lead his church as deacons and deaconesses, a word that is literally translated as “servants.” The office of deacon is first mentioned in Acts 6. As the burden of ministry grew for the early church, elders, in addition to prayer, study, leading, and teaching, were also taking on large workloads to serve the needy in the church and handle the administrative functions of the church. As a solution, the elders appointed deacons to assist the elders in these responsibilities. Qualifications for deacons are found in 1 Timothy 3 and include integrity, generosity, soberness, a clear understanding of the Bible, a well-ordered home, and a good reputation both in the church and outside the church.