God has set apart Elders / Pastors to shepherd the church. Our Elders / Pastors are responsible for overseeing the church’s teaching, vision, and faithfulness.
“Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness, not yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5:1-3
What Is An Elder?
An Elder or Pastor (sometimes known as bishop or overseer) is a man biblically qualified (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1) and equipped by God to lead the church through the proclamation of God’s Word (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:9). The Bible places the responsibility of local church oversight / leadership on this office (1 Timothy 5:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).
The New Testament holds up elder leadership in the local church (Acts 14:23, Titus 1:5). The New Testament describes a plurality of elders (Titus 1:5, 1 Peter 5:1, 1 Timothy 5:17, Acts 14:23, 20:17). Elders are set apart by God to oversee the church and will give an account to God for their leadership.
TCBC Elders serve in different capacities. TCBC Elders who serve on the Elder Oversight Team provide leadership for the church. TCBC Elders who serve specific ministries provide leadership for areas within the church under the direction of the Elder Oversight Team. Some of TCBC’s Elders are vocational (paid) and some are lay Elders (unpaid). While there are leaders among equals according to giftedness and role, each individual Elder submits to the plurality of the Elder Oversight Team in the same way as each member of the church. The Elder Oversight Team does not vote. Through prayer they seek and act in consensus.
We are led by a plurality of Elders / Pastors who serve through various God-given gifts. Together with our staff they shepherd, equip, and send out the church for the work of ministry.
We are served by deacons who support and serve our church family as they go through difficult seasons of life. They work together and mobilize the church to meet three types of needs: Benevolent, Care, and Missional Needs.