When we look to the Bible for how the leadership of the church is supposed to be organized, we see that there was no regional or central governing bodies, but that each congregation was autonomous. We also see that the leadership roles were to be filled by the eligible men of the the congregation (1 Timothy 2:11-12). God gave provisions for how those men were to be organized. The highest leadership position within the church is that of an elder. Elders are the men who make the final congregational decisions and their main focus is to oversee the spiritual needs of the congregation. (1 Tim 3:1-6, Acts 20:28-29) The next leadership role is that of Deacons. Deacons are the appointed servants of the church. They oversee daily needs in a given area (1 Timothy 3:7-13). The final leadership role a congregation can have is a minister who labors in teaching and evangelism (1 Timothy 4:13, 2 Timothy 4:4).
At Southwestern we are very thankful for the men who serve in those roles. Please click the links below to find out more about our leaders.