Leadership

The Elders are otherwise described in Scripture as overseers, pastors, or teachers, according to the particular aspect of office to which reference is being made. The terms are used interchangeably in the New Testament and refer to the same office.
Only men with the necessary qualifications are eligible for the office. These are laid down in 1 Tim 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5‑9. Elders should be men who have already proved that they will not rule the church in a haughty and arrogant spirit (1 Pet 5:3) and that their attitude toward their fellow believers is affectionate, patient and gentle (1 Thess 2:7).
In normal circumstances, and according to apostolic precedent, the local Church is governed by a plurality of Elders. Therefore, the number of Elders will not be fixed. The Elders may continue in office as long as they remain qualified, able and willing to serve. Thus the length of their term of office is not fixed by the Church.

The task of Elders is to serve the Church through oversight, ruling and teaching. They are responsible for:

(i)
Overseeing the conduct of public worship
(ii)
The administration of the ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord's Supper,
(iii)
Preserving purity of doctrine and the maintenance of discipline among Members.
(iv)
All Meetings and organisations connected with the Church come under their supervision. After seeking the mind of the Church the Elders are responsible for the appointment and oversight of those responsible for all ministries of the Church at any given time.

The Deacons have a recognised ministry of practical help. The English word "Deacon" comes from a Greek word, which means "servant".
Only men with the necessary qualifications are eligible for the office. These are laid down in 1 Tim 3:8‑13. If a time should arise in the providence of God that the Church has no Elders, the Deacons will assume temporary, but full responsibility for the government of the Church.
Like the eldership, the number of Deacons will not be fixed. The Deacons may continue in office as long as they remain qualified, able and willing to serve. Thus the length of their term of office will not be fixed by the Church.

The task of the Deacons is to relieve the Elders of involvement in the material affairs of the Church so that their distinctive ministries of Prayer and the ministry of the Word are not neglected (Acts 6:1‑4). It may be helpful to think of the Deacons having responsibility in the following areas of Church life:

(i)  Church Assets. In order that the Spiritual life of the Church, including the regular observation of the Gospel ordinances might prosper, the Deacons take responsibility for the repair and maintenance of Church property, the supervision of the stewarding and cleaning and the collecting, distribution and accounting for of Church finances.
(ii) Employment. The Deacons will ensure that any full‑time Elders or indeed other full‑time workers supported by the Church are adequately provided for.
(iii) Personal Care, i.e. the provision of monetary or other aid for sick and needy members of the Church.