Elders, Deacons, Preachers, Saints

This series describes in detail the various biblical leadership roles in the church and examines how these can be exercised in order to promote individual as well as the corporate growth of the church.


Introduction to Leadership Roles
Church growth is tied to church leadership. In this introductory lesson, the various Biblical roles of leadership are identified and compared to one another.
Church Leadership
This lesson examines the Biblical model for church leadership and how these leaders are to relate to the congregation.
Elders: Character Profile
Aside from the specific Biblical qualifications necessary for a man to serve as an elder in the church, this person also needs to possess certain character traits that will identify him as a worthy candidate. This lesson reviews seven of these traits.
The Work of the Elder
This lesson examines not only the work done by Elders but provides a systematic way of gathering this and other information about various topics in the New Testament.
Appointing Elders
In this lesson, we review the few passages that shed light on how elders should be selected, and look at passages that describe the elders' wife.
The Role and Work of Deacons
In this two part lesson Mike will discuss the Biblical profile of the man who is qualified to serve as Deacon and the nature of his work as well as the limit of his authority.
The Role and Work of Deacons
In this lesson we review the role deacons play in the church and also examine I Timothy 3:8-13 which gives some of the qualifications necessary to be considered for the role.
The Laying on of Hands
In this lesson Mike will discuss the symbolism and practice of the laying on of hands from both the Old and New Testament perspective.
The Selection Process
In this practical lesson, Mike reviews the process that the church can use to select, confirm and appoint deacons and elders in the local congregation.
The Role of the Preacher
This lesson compares the many modern views of the minister to the Biblical description of the role, qualifications and work of a local evangelist.
The Role of Women in Ministry
This lesson explores the role of women in ministry and compares the arguments for their participation in full or limited ministry.
Who are the Saints?
This final lesson in the series compares the Biblical description of a saint to popular misconceptions of who and what this person should be.