Apart from the foundational offices of apostles and prophets, the early churches had qualified leaders, elders and deacons, who served the church under the lordship of Christ, guided by both the Scriptures and the Spirit.
The New Testament presents a consistent, though perhaps not completely uniform, pattern of church leadership. One of the offices was variously called “elders,” “overseers,” or “pastors” (all three of these terms refer to the same group and were used interchangeably in the New Testament). These leaders were charged to lead, shepherd, teach, and equip the flock entrusted to them. The other office, that of deacon, was intended to serve the needs of the flock and to enable the elders to carry out their responsibilities. Other offices mentioned in the New Testament either refer to a foundational role (apostle, prophet) or a role not tied to an individual congregation (apostle, evangelist).
Just because he’s not the first pope doesn’t mean Protestants should demote Peter in this passage.
Pride in a pastor can wear the mask of gentleness and humility.
As you pray for revival, pray for more . . . accountants and musicians.
The longest occupant of Peter’s Chair (1846–1878) was a study in contradictions.
We who have been entrusted with power must be vigilant in how we use it.
If we want to make a lasting difference, we need to think in terms of institutions.
Matt Smethurst shares his favorite 20 quotes from Jonathan Leeman’s new book.
Matt Smethurst shares his favorite 20 quotes from ‘Budgeting for a Healthy Church.’