Elders are the leaders of the church who in the Bible are also called pastors, shepherds, and overseers (Acts 20:28; Eph 4:11; 1 Pet 5:2). The elders are men chosen for their ministry according to clear biblical requirements (1 Tim 2:11-3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). The elders are always spoken of in plurality, because God intends for more than one man to lead and rule over the church as a safeguard for both the church and the man. The elders' duties include ruling (1 Tim 5:17), managing (1 Tim 3:4-5), tending (1 Pet 5:2-5), living exemplary lives (Heb 13:7), using authority (Acts 20:28), teaching (Eph 4:11; 1 Tim 3:2), preaching (1 Tim 5:17), instructing in doctrine (Titus 1:9), and disciplining (Matt 18:15-17).
Sovereign Grace is an elder-governed church. The Scriptures teach that elders are the directors, managers, and overseers of the church (1 Tim 3:1-7, 5:17; Titus 1:7-9; 1 Thess 5:12-13; Acts 20:17-38). They are primarily given to "prayer and the ministry of the Word" (Acts 6:4) and to "shepherding the flock of God" (1 Pet 5:2). They are men "who will give account" (Heb 13:17) for thier faithfulness to God, His Word and His people. The elders are responsible for providing direction for the church and making decisions that are in accordance with God's will for a particular local church. This is not to suggest that members have no role in discerning that direction. Our elders view the input and counsel of the congregation as invaluable in our journeying together. This is especially helpful when they must make a major decision. Effective pastors know well the condition of thier flock and give attention to thier herd (Prov 27:23). Our pastors welcome and enjoy regularly relating to the members of Sovereign Grace Church.