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Government

According to the New Testament, God commissioned the government of the local church to a group known as the elders. They are responsible for pastoring, discipleship, teaching, mediating and conducting the operation of the congregation, as mentioned principally in Acts 14:23, Titus 1:5-9, Acts 20:17, 1 Peter 5:1-4, 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and James 5:14. Since the New Testament always refers to this group of men in the plural we constitute "eldership councils" in each local congregation to cover the needs of the members. The Bible teaches that there is more security, more wisdom and more continuity in a multitude of counsel than can exist when only one person is in authority.

Presiding Elder

Among the elders there is one who takes direct responsibility for the smooth running of the council and the church. He is the man set by God to act as the presiding elder. His function is to coordinate the work of other elders and to provide overall direction. He is responsible for watching over the spiritual welfare of the other members of the local council.

Eldership Council

In particular, the elders in a the local council are responsible for providing spiritual covering, pastoring and discipleship to the leaders of the churches in the home and other ministries. Thus, every group in the congregation is always covered by the council through an elder. In general, the local elders oversee small groups and ministries.

Deacon

The name comes from the Greek word, diakonos, which means "servant" or "minister." In Verbo there are deacons and deaconesses. They are people who stand out for an extraordinary and competent demonstration of service to the Body of Christ. They act as administrators and assistants to the elders in those areas that normally require supervision or work on a material level in contrast to the spiritual work like congregational government or pastoral care that corresponds to the elders.

Supervisor

This person serves an important role by assisting the elders with the care of the home churches and any other tasks that require spiritual discernment. The assistants are brothers who, because of their good personal example, loyalty, willingness to serve, and leadership capabilities, are invited by the eldership council to help develop and care for the local church. Most of the assistants have a special quality in that they first were leaders of a home church or other ministry. Some may be called to join the eldership council as counselors and workers. Others—if they have a godly calling to government—eventually become elders.

Home Church Leader (or Coodinator)

The leader or coordinator is the person responsible for the weekly direct contact, care and attention given to the members of a given home church. He is their immediate spiritual covering and provider of pastoral and discipleship care. He refers any difficult or complicated situation in his group to the elders for more specialized care.

Ministry Leader

Ministry leaders work under the supervision of a local elder. Their principal function is to recruit and maintain participants and to promote the maximum effectiveness of their respective outreaches, be they soup kitchens for the homeless or praise teams for Sunday meetings


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