The elders and deacons at New Hope Bible Church desire to serve the Lord and His people with all our heart. If you have any specific, prayer requests, input or needs, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Explanation of Biblical Leadership Structure:
Jesus Christ is the head and authority for the church. (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18) Biblical leadership of the local church assembly is exercised through the roles of elders (also called overseers, pastors, and pastor teachers; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11) and deacons. Scripturally established qualifications must be met by those in the roles of elder and deacon (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5). These leaders have been given Christ’s authority to lead the local assembly and must do so as servants of Christ and the His body (I Timothy 5:17-22, Ephesians 5:21, I Peter 5:5). The local congregation is to submit to their leadership. (Hebrews 13:7, 17)
Under this biblical structure, church decisions are made with prayer, scriptural study and application and with the unanimous decision of the elders. All elders serve as equals. Input from the local congregation is very important, but the final responsibility in decision making is upon the elders.
Deacons exercise the role of servant in ways that help meet the practical needs of the church and also provide valuable input for church matters.