Kellogg Creek Church of Christ
Ephesians 1:22-23 "And He put all things in subjection under His feet,
and gave Him as head over all things to the Church, which is His body,
the fullness of Him who fills all in all. "The Head of the Church is Christ"
which makes Him Head over our congregation. We follow His rule by
adhering to His Word, and in so doing have in accordance with scripture
appointed; Overseers and Deacons as per:
I Timothy 3:1-6 "It is a trustworthy statement; if any man aspires to the
office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. An overseer, then
must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent,
respectable, hospitable, able to teach, and no addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household, how else will he take care of the church of God?, and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil."
Titus 1:8-16 Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. These men must first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. Women likewise must be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. Deacons must be husbands on only one wife, and good managers of their children and their households. For those who served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is Christ Jesus.
Elders have "no authority" beyond God's Word and are accountable to allow only what God would have us do. They have the "over-site" over expediences but can not create or destroy sin. If scripture defines something as sinful then it is sinful even if an Elder says it is not sinful. Elders are Christians first and must study and be accountable to serve well. The shepherds of the Old Testament about which Jesus spoke didn't drive their flocks with dog's and force their flocks to and fro but the sheep knew their voices and trusted them. This is the leadership style we strive to practice.
Heb 13:20-21 "Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in everything to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever, Amen."