Introduction to Church Leadership

Introduction

The New Testament is not as clear about church leadership as one who is not familiar with the Bible might expect.  There is information, but it is not presented in a manner that allows us to readily assemble a solid model of how church leadership should work.

Here are a few of the key items you need to start understanding to begin to form an understanding of church leadership according to the Word of God.

Member of the Body of Christ

At the time someone becomes a believer in God through Jesus Christ, they assume a core identity as a brother or sister in Christ.  A sibling in full standing before God the Father with all the rights and privileges of a child in the family of God.

Gifts and Functions

In addition, the Bible identifies a number of spiritual gifts which are given by the Holy Spirit to believers when they are regenerated and receive the Jesus Christ into their life.  These gifts provide each believer to begin to operate with new spiritual capacities and function in the Body of Christ in as much as they learn how to walk in step with the Spirit of God.

Romans 12:6-8
– Prophecy
– Serving
– Teaching
– Exhortation
– Giving
– Leadership
– Mercy

1 Corinthians 12:8-10
– Word of Wisdom
– Word of Knowledge
– Faith
– Prophecy
– Distinguishing between spirits
– Interpretation of Tongues

1 Corinthians 12:8-10 & 1 Corinthians 12:28
– Miracles
– Gifts or Kinds of Healings
– Tongues

1 Corinthians 12:28 & Ephesians 4:11
– Apostle
– Prophet
– Teacher

Ephesians 4:11
– Evangelist
– Pastor

1 Corinthians 12:28
– Helps
– Administration

Titles

Elders
Deacons

? Apostle
? Prophet
? Evangelist
? Teacher
? Pastor

Hierarchy versus Family

In most realms of life, leadership is structured in a hierarchical fashion.  In the Old Testament, this is also true when it comes to how the children of Israel were organized.  The tribes were set in order according to families with leaders over various numbers of individuals.

The New Testament established something new.  God established a new kind of relationship with man which allowed His spirit to dwell in us.  This means each believer in God through Jesus Christ has a direct connection and line of communication with God at all times.

In the human realm, men are finite

The New Testament


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