BIBLICAL CHURCH LEADERSHIP
our belief and practice
The word "overseer" in the New Testament is from the Greek word "episkopos" and means "superintendent, overseer, or guardian." God, in His sovereign rule is the Great Superintendent, Overseer, and Guardian of the created world. From His nature, He has granted His Church faithful men to guard, shepherd, and oversee the affairs of local churches as under-shepherds or "elders." The purpose of His Church is to "proclaim His excellencies" by proclaiming the Good News of a God willing to die in order to redeem a rebellious people. His Church is one of the primary ways He displays Himself, along with His Word and His Creation (1 Peter 2:9-10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 1:19-21).
This means that all who aspire and consent to the position of elder are accountable to God for how they teach, preach, live, and serve His Church. For those who govern as men under His authority and within the boundaries He has given, God is honored. For those who govern outside the bounds of His will - in pride, ignorance, and injustice - they'll be held accountable by Him and to Him because they attempt to govern outside of His granted authority.
Elders primarily shepherd the local church through the ministry of the Word and through Prayer (Acts 6:2-4).
In practice, biblical elders are to: pursue integrity and godly character (be above reproach), abide in loving faithfulness and good stewardship in their original marriage (husband of one wife), cultivate minds governed by prayer, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit (sober-minded), eagerly consent to the will of God in their way of life (self-controlled), live respectably by all who know them (respectable), be committed to loving strangers, friends, and enemies (hospitable), willingly, clearly, and competently teach the Bible and apply the Gospel (able to teach), practice self-control as they partake or choose not to partake of alcohol (not a drunkard), practice violence neither in word or deed (not violent but gentle), not be prone to divisiveness or quarrels, but correct opponents with gentleness and reason; asking forgiveness quickly where warranted (not quarrelsome), practice generosity with money and possessions (not a lover of money), be alert, organized, and skilled in cultivating order as he leads his family (manage his household well), be men of mature faith, having their faith tested in time and experience (not a recent convert, humble), and respected by those outside the faith and those in proximity to his life - neighbors, co-workers, friends, etc. (thought well of by outsiders).
In essence, biblical elders are to: be gospel-gripped men who are simultaneously tough and tender.
As a new church we have not yet commissioned elders/pastors from among us. We do have an outside board of elder-qualified men who are presently leading their own churches. They deeply love our church and are invested in our well-being. They are in ongoing relationship with Jared Lyda and are overseeing the affairs of our church for accountability, longevity, and health.
If you wish to contact these men for any reason, please do (click on name for email):
STEVE HART - Soma Communities, Spokane, WA.
ROB STEINBACH - Seaside Church, Bremerton, WA.
JARED LYDA - All of Life Church, Post Falls, ID.