Biblical Leadership

Have you ever played the game follow the leader? As a child it was a fun game. As the leader, you “led” a group of others kid in goofy antics. Whether hopping on one leg, doing a hand stand, or making silly faces, you wanted to make it as difficult and uncomfortable as possible for those following. The more difficult you made it the more people quit; dwindling it down to a winner. The best leaders were the hardest leaders to follow. This is not the case with church leadership. The next healthy characteristic of a church is Biblical Leadership. Yet, unlike the childhood game, Spiritual Leaders are seeking to help grow the followers of Christ not dwindle them.
 
 The Bible recognizes two types of leaders in the local church: pastor/elder/overseer and deacon. The words for pastor, elder, and overseer are used interchangeably and refer to the same office. According to the scriptures these offices are to be filled by men who can teach/preach and have been examples of strong Christian character. The Pastor office has the responsibility leading through the preaching of the Word and Prayer. It is spiritual in nature.
 
The second office is the office of Deacon, whose qualifications are listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. They are “servant” leaders. According to Act 6 their role is to serve the physical needs of the church body, freeing the Pastor to focus on the spiritual needs.
 

That is beauty of the church and the two offices. God gives us Pastors and Deacons to watch over our spirit and body. When practiced properly, great things happen. Notice Acts 6:7, “The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.” That is end product of both Pastor and Deacon working together! That is why a healthy church needs healthy leadership!