Our Leadership | Elders

Shepherd by Francesco Paolo Michetti (19th century)

Shepherd by Francesco Paolo Michetti (19th century)

At New Covenant Church, we believe the Bible teaches that elders are charged with caring for the souls of our members and are responsible for the primary leadership and oversight of the church. The Bible is quite clear regarding the qualifications and roles of elders who are pastors - undershepherds - caring for the flock of God entrusted to them. Our church has a plurality of elders which helps ensure that one man does not bear the many responsibilities of ministry alone. Our elders are elected by the congregation according to our Bylaws.

Elders lead the church [1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1–2], teach and preach the Word [1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9], protect the church from false teachers [Acts 20:17, 28–31], exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine [1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:13–17; Titus 1:9], visit the sick and pray [James 5:14; Acts 6:4], and judge doctrinal issues [Acts 15:6]. In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church.
— Alexander Strauch in his book Biblical Eldership