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Elders

Biblical Leadership

A plurality of qualified men called elders lead Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni.

Who are our Elders?

What are Elders?

The focal point of local church leadership is the office of elder (Philippians 1:2). The pattern of Scripture is that a plurality of these Spirit enabled men rule local churches (Titus 1:5; James 5:14).

The Bible uses three interchangeable words to refer to the men who serve in this capacity. Elder, overseer and pastor (Acts 20; 1 Peter 5:1-2). The different terms show ministerial function rather than differing levels of authority.

Each member is to take part in the life of the church we recognise that God gifts His Church with elders. They serve by managing and caretaking (1 Timothy 3:5), overseeing (Acts 20:28), ordaining (1 Timothy 4:4). Service includes ruling, teaching and preaching (1 Timothy 5:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Timothy 3:2). As well as exhorting, refuting (Titus 1:9), determining church policy (Acts 15:22). As shepherds, they set an example for all to follow (1 Pet. 5:1-3).

Elders are to be men who are above reproach. This blamelessness must extend to his marital, social, business and spiritual life. In this way, he is to both pursue and exemplify truth and godliness (1 Timothy 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-8).